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Murilo ‘Ninja’ Rua Signs with W-1; Debut Set for October 23 in Halifax, Nova Scotia

(W-1 continues to add top-tier talent to its already impressive roster of fighters)

Former PRIDE light heavyweight luminary Murilo "Ninja" Rua’s next fight will not be in the UFC Octagon, contrary to rumors pointing otherwise.

The older brother of UFC 205-pound champion, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua has signed with the burgeoning Canada-based Warrior One (W-1) MMA organization and will compete on the promotion’s October 23 show in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

W-1 president, Jack Bateman informed of the signing Sunday night.

"We’re very excited to add a fighter of Murilo’s caliber to our first show in Nova Scotia. I’m really proud of how this card is shaping up," Bateman says. "Our fans in are in for a treat. Ninja is one of the fighters I’ve always enjoyed watching as a fan and we couldn’t be more excited to have him fight for W-1."

Ninja’s opponent on the October 23 card will be underrated Team Cesar Gracie protegee Roy Boughton who sent shockwaves through the Canadian MMA scene in June when he submitted highly-touted Toronto-based grappling phenom Misha Cirkunov at W-1: Judgement Day. 

Although terms of the 30-year-old Brazilian’s contract were not disclosed, sources close to Rua revealed that the former Chuteboxe fighter is one win away from signing with the UFC, so his stay with W-1 could be short-lived if he can get past Boughton.

Rua (20-10-1) is riding a four-fight winning streak, with the last "W" coming by way of guillotine against Jeremy May in July at Impact FC’s second show in Sydney, Australia. Though he holds wins over notable fighters like Mario Sperry, Mark Weir and Joey Villasenor, he is perhaps best known for his war of attrition decision losses to fellow PRIDE stars Paulo Filho, Dan Henderson, Ricardo Arona and Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.

The Rua-Boughton bout will bolster an already impressive card that features a top-notch cast of fighters that includes Strikeforce vet Brett Rogers, Bellator standouts Will Romero and Sean Pierson and former MFC light heavyweight champion Roger  "The Hulk" Hollett.

Just over a year-and-a-half old, W-1 is rapidly becoming one of the most popular promotions north of the border. The organization has assembled an impressive stable of top-tier fighters including several well-known MMA vets like John Alessio, Denis Kang, Carlos Newton, Shonie Carter, Jason MacDonald, Antonio Carvalho, Pat Healy, Ivan Menjivar and Vernon White.

W1: New Ground will touch down October 23 at 7:00 AT at the Halifax Forum in Halifax, NS.

W-1: New Ground
Saturday, October 23, 2010
7:00 pm AT 
Halifax Forum
Halifax, Nova Scotia

Brett "The Grim" Rogers (10-2) vs. Ruben "Warpath" Villareal (18-18-3)

Murilo "Ninja" Rua (20-10-1) vs. Roy Boughton (4-1)

Mychal Clark (7-10) vs. Roger "The Hulk" Hollett (10-3)

Tristan Johnson (5-1) vs. Will "Leon" Romero (5-1)

Matt MacGrath (8-4) vs. Ryan Machan (12-5)

Nordine Taleb (2-1) vs. Chad Cox (5-1)

Jason MacKay (9-3) vs. Juan Barrantes (7-5)

Chris Johnson (3-2) vs. Jeremiah Hamilton (6-0)

Ricky Goodall 6-2) vs. Sean "The Pimp" Pierson (9-4)

Adam Pearson (1-1) vs. Jeremy Bernard (2-3)

Pat "Thrilling" Schilling (1-0) vs. Tom "The Bomb" Waters (4-1)

Mike imperato (0-0) vs. Jamie Saunders (1-2)

Travis Axworthy (3-4) vs. Jeremy Josey (1-1)

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PERPATRAITOR- September 28, 2010 at 3:14 am
vaicavalo- September 27, 2010 at 8:41 pm
he's very talented, very well-rounded, but it's how shogun once said ''we set a strategy for him, but in the fight he throws everything up and go toe-to-toe"

and it's terrible to someone who doesn't have a great shin

DazedNConfused- September 27, 2010 at 1:11 pm
lol @ Tony Bontello. What a shit-talking punk, just got wrecked.

On another note I wish I lived in eastern Canada. The west has better weed, but I almost want to take the better fight org. instead haha.

As for him not being able to take the wrestlers in the ufc. I don't know, the 185 div has quite a handful of strikers, plus this Rua has more subs in his record than knockouts.
El Guapo- September 27, 2010 at 11:25 am
W-1 better be careful, getting all succesful and what not. Dana might try to break their limbs and/or bank accounts.

"Pooo-teeen" Just rolls off the tongue. I'm more of a Canadian potato guy myself, but that's just me. And Weezer.
jimbonics- September 27, 2010 at 11:10 am
Nice RwR!
ihateemo- September 27, 2010 at 10:21 am
I don't hold much hope for Big Hoo-ah after he got KTFO by Benji Radach in EliteXC. His four fight winning streak is not exactly a murderer's row of talent. Clearly he's only going to get signed because lil' Rua is the champ - and he'll be cut after two consecutive losses.
RwilsonR- September 27, 2010 at 9:36 am
@ jimbonics - given MRuss' people's preferred form of potato, maybe we should call this section 'CagePoutine.'

Or simply call the change the subheader from "MMA is not a crime" to "CagePotato: Now with more gravy and curds!"

j/k MRuss.

As for Ninja, I don't think he could hack it in today's UFC. The wrestlers would eat him alive.
Chamuko- September 27, 2010 at 9:25 am
Looking forward to the fight eh?

Everyone's going to be attending the hockey game next door wondering what all the commotion next door is aboot....
jimbonics- September 27, 2010 at 8:02 am
Mike Russell- September 27, 2010 at 8:01 am
 Ninja is Canadian?
jimbonics- September 27, 2010 at 7:54 am
Art Vanderley Silva- September 27, 2010 at 7:47 am
Oh no you didn't!
Fried Taco- September 27, 2010 at 7:30 am
W-1, the future home of GSP.
jeanclaudetransam- September 27, 2010 at 7:27 am
How ironic. I move from Nova Scotia to Ontario just as Halifax is blowing up as an MMA hotbed. Also, THIRD!!!11!!!1
eatSHITdie- September 27, 2010 at 7:03 am
Ninja needs a shot at the big show. I've questioned what he's capable of without soccer kicks and shit, but there is only one way to find out.
Get Off Me- September 27, 2010 at 6:50 am
Ninja Rua is an exciting fighter like his brother. Anyone remember what he did to former bully beatdown co-star Tony Bontello? Enjoy: