"Shogun" was choked into a first-round surrender in the headliner of last Saturday night's (Aug. 17, 2013) UFC Fight Night 26 event on FOX Sports 1, which took place at the TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts (full results and recap here).
But could defeat have been avoided?
Murilo was quick to point out the fatal flaws in his sibling's defense, but also wags a few fingers at the "shady" people who comprise Rua's training camp. The same people who led to the Brazilian's hasty departure (before this career change).
"Ninja" breaks it down for MMA Fighting:
"In my opinion, Mauricio played the wrong game. He should've moved more to avoid the takedowns. Fighting on half guard against a wrestler isn't a good strategy. He should have brought Chael to his guard when he got taken down, tried to sweep him or land some punches. But Sonnen got his neck, unfortunately. My brother needs someone, he needs a head coach who can listen to. I always told him the truth no matter what, but I had issues with trainers from his camp. Maybe in the future I'll work with him again, who knows. I'll talk to him when he returns to Curitiba. He has a lot of shady persons around him, people trying to take advantage of him. People from his camp said I wasn't good for Mauricio because I made him nervous when I was on his corner, and he listened to that, so I decided to leave. If something is wrong I would point it out, I wouldn't just lie to please him."
The truth will set you free ... from your brother's corner.
It's hard to gauge how much of a factor Rua's trainers were in last weekend's loss. "Shogun" has also battled health issues over the past couple of years, including multiple knee surgeries. And to be frank, the sport just isn't the same as it was when he was running roughshod over the competition in PRIDE.
Things have evolved ... but has Rua?
We may not have a clearer picture of the Brazilian's future until his next performance. He currently stands at 5-6 inside the Octagon with back-to-back losses for the first time in his career. Until then, he might want to find some new friends to hang out with, or at least train with people who won't "lie" and tell him what he wants to hear.