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Wanderlei and Shogun Campaigning For Ninja in the UFC


(Video courtesy YouTube/WandFightTeam)

For the past several months fellow Brazilians have been rallying for Murilo "Ninja" Rua to be added to the UFC’s 185-pound roster.

Wanderlei Silva posted a video blog on YouTube last week asking UFC president, Dana White to sign the former PRIDE star to the organization.

Besides "The Axe Murderer," Ninja’s younger brother, UFC light heavyweight champion, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua as well as welterweight contender Paulo Thiago also appeared in the clip to express their support for Murilo, who is undefeated in his last four outings, being brought into the UFC’s middleweight mix.

Speaking with TATAME this week, Ninja says that the ultimate goal would be to join friends like Wand and Shogun in the UFC, but he isn’t banking on it happening without him proving that he deserves it.

“I see it from a positive perspective, but I’m fighting and doing my job. If one day I’ll fight for the UFC it’ll only be a consequence. I’ll wait and it’ll come," Rua explained. “[The UFC's middleweight division] is a great division; there are great fighters, it’s really hard, but I’ll try to be on my best to go for the belt. That’s my dream, my goal, and I want to deserve it. On the right time, I’ll join the UFC’s cast."


Murilo’s busy schedule proves that he isn’t resting on his past accomplishments to buy his ticket to the Octagon.

I’ll fight in October in Canada and in November I’ll be fighting in the United States. In December I’ll fight on Bitetti Combat at the beginning of the month and at the end in Japan," he explains. "I’m signing a five-fight contract with an American promotion, too. I’m feeling comfortable on this weight division.”
 

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itsgalf- October 13, 2010 at 1:15 pm
JiuJitsu vs NinJitsu

lets make it happen UFC
Jugger- October 13, 2010 at 6:22 am
If the UFC can throw a bone to guys like Baroni, Trigg, Hallman, etc... I don't see why they won't give Ninja a chance. We'll probably see him in the UFC soon.

He always seemed like the runt of the Chute Box litter. I wish him the best, but, try as I might, I can't see him going anywhere in the UFC. The MW division is arguably the weakest division in the UFC right now, but it's still no cake walk.
Shaky- October 13, 2010 at 6:10 am
His fight with Radach was one of the best fights that year. I think the problem was that Ninja often put on weight BJ Penn style to have good fights and the best. Not the best for your record but his skills are a threat to anyone, maybe not his chin tho
Under Banga- October 13, 2010 at 5:39 am
If Ninja can loose some flab and get his cardio above the level of a 65yr old chain smoker I can see some good matchups for him . though all those years at Chute Boxe may have taken a toll on his desire to bust his balls in the gym as much anymore, be interesting to see him in action in these league fights to appraise his application toward making a run in the UFC .
Banga
NinjaNerd8- October 12, 2010 at 10:17 pm
@Almost North

Hit the nail on the head.



Also remember that he's consistently fought above his natural weight class. It's a testament to his ability that he has a winning record.

Rampage is the first to admit he didn't really win that fight.
Almost North- October 12, 2010 at 5:59 pm
I will always watch this guy fight. I can't say that about everyone on the middleweight roster.

I don't think the 'can't compete with UFC guys' argument makes a lot of sense for an organization that just scheduled fights featuring McSweeny and Baroni.
WalksInTheDarkness- October 12, 2010 at 5:46 pm
@ agentsmith

Rather famously, post their fight, Rampage tried to give Murilo the trophy that was awarded to him post their fight as he thought Ninja had beaten him. So, the biggest name on his record should in fact be the former UFC light heavy weight champion's. Oh, and he was fighting him as a light heavy weight. When he's a natural middle weight. And his loss to Henderson was a split decision and his loss to Arona was also a decision.

Ninja's main problem has always been his lack of game planning, he fights wild and a lot of fighter's learned to cope with the initial blitz and found an opening that they could take advantage of, see the Benji Radach fight.

@ nalej

Eating all the pies to fight Kharitanov wasn't Ninja's best idea ever. It looked more like Chute Boxe desperately wanted to have a fighter involved in the 2004 and Murilo appears to have been the one crazy enough to bulk up (only in gut) to make heavy weight.
Mr_Misanthropy- October 12, 2010 at 5:45 pm
Hell yeah! I'm campaigning for ninjas in the Octagon too! Do they get to keep their weapons? Sssssswwwwwweeeeeeeeeeet.
agentsmith- October 12, 2010 at 5:04 pm
Ninja has never been able to get past even mid-level competition. Probably the best win on his record is Joey Villasenor, and he has losses to the likes of Benji Radach, Robbie Lawlor, Denis Kang, and Paulo Filho... not to mention Hendo, Rampage, Randleman, and Ricardo Arona.

He's one of those guys who an announcer like Mauro Ranallo would describe as having a resume with a who's-who list of big names on it... and conveniently not mention that Ninja lost to all of them.
RwilsonR- October 12, 2010 at 4:32 pm
I always thought ninja had a lot of heart, and some okay skills, but was never much of an athlete. Especially compared to his brother. He just doesn't have what it takes to make an impact in the UFC, and I would be surprised if at this point he could beat even some of the middle of the road guys at MW.
LAS- October 12, 2010 at 4:26 pm
To echo nalej, this guy has taken too many beatings in his life to be a serious threat in the UFC at this point. Hell, his last fight was against TUF washout Jeremy May, and my understanding was May was rocking Rua before May gassed and Rua snagged a submission.

Since he wouldn't be a contender, and really shouldn't expect more than a bottom dollar salary, my guess is Ninja is better off riding the family name on the regional circuit, where he can be a headliner and face a lower liklihood of further speeding up his inevitable slide toward dementia pugilistica.
nalej- October 12, 2010 at 3:57 pm
Ninja had so much potential but never really took it to the next level. I think Sergei killed half his brain cells from their fight.
DiazBrotherFromAnotherMother- October 12, 2010 at 3:51 pm
wanderlai silva is the missing link between man and ape
Gorgzilla- October 12, 2010 at 3:45 pm
I guess being a ninja is not all that is it cracked up to be.
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