Murilo “Ninja” Rua: “The very first strikes Jones landed on Shogun, may have taken his gas away.”

Brother of former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua and former EliteXC champion, Murilo “Ninja” Rua admits he was very surprised by the ultra-talented, Jon Jones’ game plan, explaining it looked to him like the first exchange took the fight right out of his brother.

Rua, speaking via Tatame Magazine, said:

“I was very surprised with (Jones’) game, Shogun trained a lot and Jones was able to neutralize [his] game, I think he studied Shogun’s game a lot, so congrats to him. Shogun now needs to go back to Brazil and analyze the fight, see what went wrong and go from there. I think (Jones) has a brilliant future ahead of him, he’s a very young athlete, but in this weight class I think it’s very hard. People don’t seem to be able to keep the title for more than one fight.”

“Everyone wins and then loses the belt so it’s a very tough weight class and there are a lot of great fighters, so we’ll see. He’s a young guy and will stay strong going forward, but Shogun will be able to make a strong comeback, for sure. I think (what went wrong during the fight) was the very first strikes Jones landed on Shogun, that knee and the head kick, may have taken his gas away.”

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