Coach Roach: Shogun not punching like a girl now


Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua is 5-5 in the UFC, and coming off a loss to Alexander Gustafsson in December. On Saturday at UFC FN 26 Shogun fights Chael Sonnen in the main event. Rua is looking for every advantage, which including training with legendary boxing coach Freddie Roach.

Roach appeared recently on "The MMA Hour" to discuss Shogun's progress.

“It’s funny, when we first started working together he wasn’t punching really hard because he didn’t have his balance and his feet under him, and I told him he punched like a girl. The last day he said, ‘Freddie, can I ask you a question? Do I punch like a boy now?’ I said, ‘Yes, you do.’ He’s really fun guy to be around and a really hard worker. We had a really good time.”

“He didn’t have his feet under him. He wasn’t pivoting off the right foot at the right time. The thing about striking is having weight on the right foot at the right time, and driving off that foot. He was more or less just using his upper body, which is okay. But if you get your whole body behind your shot, it’s just much, much better."

"The thing is, he did improve quite a bit. His punching power did go from, like, a C to an A really quickly."

"He went from an okay puncher to a great puncher in less than a week. He picks up on things very quickly because of the athlete he is. It was like night and day, when he started to when he left. He really, really had a lot more power under his shots. But the thing is, he has to sit down with his shots a little bit more. Sometimes it's a little bit harder with MMA because of the aspect of being kicked at the same time, but it did work for him. When we worked off angles it worked really, really well. I was really happy with the progress."

"The thing is, sometimes when you're getting a guy on the ground, and the ground and pounding, they're just kind of arm punches -- just not really getting their body behind it where they could end it with one shot instead of 50. So it does get a little frustrating at that point, but the thing is, again, it's not their main sport at first for most of the guys. So it's just a learning process, and I'm very open to helping these guys out. It works out well for me because I love working with great athletes."

What do you think UG? Is Shogun going to wake up Saturday with a losing UFC record for the first time since he lost his UFC opener vs. Forrest Griffin six years ago?


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deadlysyn site profile image  

8/13/13 9:13 PM by deadlysyn

I'm not saying you can't learn a lot from Freddie the man is a legend and has a great deal of useful knowledge that can help anyone but in the sport of MMA especially when it comes to striking no one martial art is better then the rest and you can't alway committed to striking precisely in one style. Committing to much to a boxing stance or style will get you destroyed by a good kicker. Having to much of a standard kickboxing style will get you picked apart by someone with good hands. To much of a Muay Thai will will get you taken down. To much Karate leaves you open to leg kicks or open to someone with a good slip hook. The key is what to keep from each and what to throw away. I think for the most part shogun had good striking for MMA hopefully he doesn't change things to much

Sar9on site profile image  

8/13/13 9:05 PM by Sar9on

He punches like Superman now.

RockMeAmadeus site profile image  

8/13/13 8:54 PM by RockMeAmadeus

So Shogun went from punching like a girl to punching like a boy now?

NaughtiiDàwg site profile image  

8/13/13 7:40 PM by NaughtiiDàwg


Sajite site profile image  

8/13/13 6:56 PM by Sajite

Freddie perhaps Shogun's way of punching was giving him an edge with his leg kicks...You can't leg kick punching and moving like a boxer. Shogun is going to ruin his MMA performance

Jacinto site profile image  

8/13/13 3:48 PM by Jacinto at Chael subbing or tko'ing shogun.

KingofBJJ site profile image  

8/13/13 3:44 PM by KingofBJJ

I'll take that bet and raise you.  Chael  has never met a fighter like Rua.  Rua isn't a polished and talented fighter like Silva and Jones.  He comes from the town called Hard Knocks on the street called Beat Down. In his fights against Jones and Silva he simply got beat, when he meets Rua it is going to be an ass whuppin'! First round stoppage like his  name was Forrest or Liddell.

Chiron site profile image  

8/13/13 3:29 PM by Chiron

If Shogun's punching power has increased anywhere close to what Roach is boasting then I'm expecting him to KO Sonnen if it stays on the feet more than 5 total minutes.

Zaph site profile image  

8/13/13 3:14 PM by Zaph

It's actually a good move. It's not like he can bring his wrestling to a level where it'll neutralize Sonnen's takedowns in that short a time, so he might as well focus on what he can do at the beginning of each round.

Jacinto site profile image  

8/13/13 3:04 PM by Jacinto

lolSonnen has only had one finish since 2007 and that was the arm triangle against Stann who has no ground game. Rua has a very good ground game and went to a split decision against Dan Henderson. Sonnen won't keep him on the ground the whole fight and he might even get subbed when he does.