May 23, 2011
'Ninja' Rua Says Goodbye
Well folks I am still here. I guess someone forgot to stop by and pick my ass up on Saturday. Unfortunately a great one has left us, or at least left the active world of MMA.
Sherdog broke the report that Murilo 'Ninja' Rua (older brother of Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua) is calling it quits competing in MMA at 31 years old. A tough loss at the BAMMA event in England over the weekend was the deciding factor.
Anyone that knows me knows I am a HUGE Pride FC fan, and the retirement of Rua marks yet another member of the golden years of MMA to fade into retirements horizon. Ninja always brought a fight and had some stellar wars over the years. He will be missed.
“I will continue to work with MMA, doing seminars, teaching classes, training fighters and doing my share to help [the] sport that I love so much,” he wrote. [It is] time now to help others and enjoy my family, my wife, my kids and move [on]. Life goes on, memories will stay forever and MMA will still be my life forever.”