After another loss coming in the form of a KO, former Pride fighter Murilo “Ninja” Rua stated that he plans to return in 2009. “I’m waiting, but I think I’ll fight again next year. I hope I have a chance against Radach again and then fight (Robbie) Lawler,” the Brazilian told Tatame.
Rua’s career started began as a promising one in Pride but, he hasn’t been able to string together enough wins to put himself back into relevancy in the middleweight division.
It will clearly be tough for Rua to get either Benji Radah or Robbie Lawler upon his return because he has now lost to both of them, but it may be possible for him to face someone like Jake Shields, who is planning to move up to middleweight for some fights.
A fight with Shields, who is a submission specialist, would keep him out of danger from suffering another KO loss and give him a chance to get back into the middleweight picture.