Mauricio Rua is one of the greatest light heavyweights of all time. He instantly became a star in Pride. Defeating some of the top talent in Japan and also winning the light heavyweight grand prix. He’s a former UFC champion and is still considered a top ten competitor in his division.
After losing controversially against Lyoto Machida at UFC 104, he was given an automatic rematch. At UFC 113, he was able to defeat the champion and win the UFC title in devastating fashion in the first round.
Some interesting information recently came out during an interview with Fighter’s Only Magazine:
“I had burst my appendix two months before the fight. I recall that my team would rather I didn’t fight at the time, they wanted to rest but I said no. I was almost a month without training, in order to heal up. I had to undergo surgery but I still managed to finish the camp – and the outcome was great.”
He was nowhere near 100 percent going into the rematch with Lyoto Machida. It just goes to show the kind of heart Shogun has.