Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavweight champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua survived getting wobbled and nearly finished in the first round of UFC 190 co-main event last night (Sat., Aug. 1, 2015) to break a two-fight losing streak.
Rua came out looking much more agile and quick than in previous contests where he was knocked out consecutively by Dan Henderson and Ovince St-Preux, landing kicks to the body and trading punches patiently.
However, late in the first round the wily veteran Antônio Rogério Nogueira landed a jab that wobbled the former PRIDE Fighting veteran and swooped in for the kill. Despite having to cover up several times, Rua recovered enough to strike back with wild punches that bought him enough time to make it to the stool for a second round.
In the second round, Rua made it clear he wanted nothing to do with the feet and took "Little Nog" down, burying his face in his chest and landing punches ever so often. No stranger on the mat, Nogueira landed a deep half as "Shogun" tried to mount and they were back on their feet.
The two traded on the feet for the remainder of the round but it was clear Rua has evened the scorecards.
The third and final round was a fairly even kickboxing match in which both warriors landed on one another but it was the kicks by Rua that seemed to win the day. It may also have been a late takedown attempt by Rua, which Nogueira attempted to convert to a guillotine. However, Rua pulled his head out to finish the round, and the fight, on top.
With the win, Rua moves to 23-10, winning for just the second time in his last six fights. Nogueira, like his twin brother, found himself on the losing side of the ledger, dropping to 21-7 in consecutive losses.