"Ninja" Wants to Return to the Orient

Written by Tom Ngo
October 29th, 2008

EliteXC fighter Murilo “Ninja” Rua states that although he still has two fights remaining on his contract with the now bankrupt organization, he already has his sights set on his new home, which in actuality was his old home. The former EliteXC middleweight champion expressed his desire to return to Japan, where he spent seven years prior to his arrival in the States.

“I don’t have anything set yet. I had two more fights to do at Elite and now I’ll see what I’m gonna do,” Rua told Tatame.com. “I’ll speak with my manager and look for another event, maybe in Japan. I don’t have anything right yet, but I believe Japan is a good opportunity.”

Even though Rua posted an average 6-7 record for PrideFC during his tenure there, he became a fairly popular fighter for the MMA-crazed fans of Japan. However, a lot of that probably had to do with the success his younger brother, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, achieved with the organization.

When asked whether he was surprised that he is currently unemployed, the Brazilian fighter sensed something this drastic would be coming, however not as abruptly as it did.

“I already heard some rumors about that, but I wasn’t imagining that it’d happen so fast,” Rua said in the interview. “They did some events and they couldn’t make it, now it’s time to go after new opportunities, train hard and wait for another contract. I’ll continue training hard here to be ready for my next fight.”

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