As an older brother, one of your duties is to always look out for and defend your younger brother. It’s encrypted in the genetic code of big brothers all over the world.
In the Rua family, apparently, the roles are reversed.
In November of 2001, Dan Henderson faced off against the older of the Rua brothers, Murilo, at PRIDE 17 in Tokyo, Japan. In what was a great back and forth battle, Henderson squeaked out a split decision victory after three rounds of action.
10 years later, younger brother "Shogun" has a chance to avenge his older brother's loss as he gets his shot at fellow PRIDE legend Dan Henderson this Saturday night (Nov. 19) at UFC 139: "Shogun vs. Henderson" in San Jose, California.
"Shogun" tells MMAFighting.com his older brother Murilo has been instrumental in game planning for his upcoming bout against "Hendo."
"Certainly that was a great fight, I watched that fight between my brother and Henderson a number of times. It was a very competitive fight. My brother is one of the people who helped me a lot with my strategy for Dan. I hope to impose my game plan, knowing it's going to be a tough fight with a great fighter. That was a great fight and I have good memories of it."
Dan Henderson also chimed in on his war with Murilo:
"It was a tough fight, it was a war and I would expect the same from his brother."
Dating all the way back to Nov. 2002, Murilo Rua lost a unanimous decision victory to fellow countrymen Ricardo Arona at PRIDE 23. Three years later at PRIDE Final Conflict 2005, "Shogun" avenged his brothers loss to Arona by knocking him out in the very first round, winning the 2005 PRIDE Grand Prix in the process.
In Dec. 2002 at PRIDE 24, Murilo would lose once again, this time to Kevin Randleman via (technical) knockout in the third round. Four years later, "Shogun" had "The Monster" begging for mercy in the first round at PRIDE 32 with a sickening kneebar.
In 2005, Murilo lost a very controversial split decision to Quinton Jackson at PRIDE 29. "Rampage" was seen telling Murilo that he felt he won the fight and offered to give him his trophy. The Brazilian had none of it and stormed out of the ring.
Enter baby brother ... again.
Two months later, at PRIDE Total Elimination 2005, "Shogun" dominated and outclassed "Rampage" from the opening bell. Demonstrating precise striking and great Muay Thai, Rua battered Jackson for five minutes until the referee was forced to step in to make the save.
Once again, the younger brother was successful in avenging his older brother's loss in brutal fashion.
Now, a full decade after Murilo's loss to Henderson, it's time to do it again. Or is it? Will "Shogun" make it four for four this weekend? Or will "Dangerous" Dan prove that he has the Rua brother's number?