Brothers Shogun and Ninja go separate ways after fall-out

by Chris Palmquist | source: The Underground

There’s no one in the world you want to beat more than your own sibling. From MMA to a pie eating contest, you will push yourself harder and longer if the person opposing you is your sibling. Since brothers don't generally compete against each other at a professional level, this can lead to the best training partner imaginable.

The phenomenon seems more prevalent in our sport than any other. Outside of Peyton & Eli Manning and Serena & Venus Williams, I’m hard pressed to think of another set in mainstream sports. But MMA is one on one, and it’s a fight. Brothers have spent their entire lives fighting each other, so when the sport is a fight, well, the results speak for themselves.

The number of successful sets of brothers in mixed martial arts is astonishing. Fedor & Aleks Emelianenko, Nate & Nick Diaz, Joe & Dan Lauzon, Cole & Micah Miller, Jim & Dan Miller, Antonio & Antonio Nogueira, Frank & Ken Shamrock, Clay & Jason Guida, Mauricio & Murilo Ruas, Matt & Nick Serra, Matt & Mark Hughes, Jay, JD, Reagan, & BJ Penn, Kenny & Keith Florian; and let’s not forget the Gracie Family.

I have the fortune of being a twin myself; I’ve never wanted to win more than when squaring off with my brother.  It’s the reason he got six staples in his head when we were six in a “friendly” wrestling match, and it’s the reason he was bleeding from the head during a “fake” trampoline WWE-esque match in high school that was broken up as real punches flew. It’s the reason I’ve seen Joe Lauzon punch his brother in the face over stolen mashed potatoes and a game of poker. I’m sure every set of brothers I’ve mentioned has countless stories of their own. 

In the gym, your brother is the guy that pushes you to train harder and fight harder. He won’t stop because he’s tired - he knows that’ll make him the bitch. He won’t tap to a half-assed submission - he know he’ll hear about it until the next time. It’s because of this innate sense of one-upsmanship that each brother constantly improves. And thus lies the paradox, it’s both brothers striving to beat the other that continually propels both forward and in the end is what makes them both successful, as the quest to get better,  to one-up your brother never ends.

By the way Jay, last time we rolled, I tapped you.

Now the Rua brothers have lost their best training partner, each other. For the first time in memory, Ninja was not in his brother's corner this Saturday at UFC on FOX 4 when Shogun fought Brandon Vera.

Murilo Rua ‏@ninja_rua
Galera eu não estive com o Mauricio nessa luta porque tenho um problema com o Dida e n concordo com o corner e os treinos dele
(Translation: “Guys, I was not with Mauricio in this fight because I have a problem with Dida. I do not agree with the way he corners and drills him")

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As reported by Fighter's Only, Murilo offered details on the split in an interview with the Portuguese language UOL Esportes. The two had jointly run Universidade da Luta team in their native Curitiba. The cause is a rift with Andrea Dida, Shogun’s head coach.

“I was not there [in the corner] because I had a problem with Dida’s coaching in Mauricio’s last fight [against Dan Henderson]. Then he came to me and said I would not be training with my brother, so I thought it best to follow my path. Now I'm just his brother, I do not do any training with him,” Ninja explained.

“I did not like how he was leading the preparation of Mauricio for the fight against Dan Henderson. I may err, but I'm his brother and I'm always with him. I did not like the things [Dida] spoke and did. But now I'm training at another gym, happy, and on my way in search of other achievements and opportunities.”

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tags: UFC   Shogun   Ninja   Mauricio Rua   Murilo Rua      


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MarcusRenatoBlackBelt site profile image  

8/8/12 11:10 PM by MarcusRenatoBlackBelt

I think Shogun will always be jealous of Ninja because he was the Man (before injury and owned in sparring) I love both of them my bulldog is named Shogun

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8/8/12 8:59 PM by Shogun121

I am not sure who owns the gym or how important it is, I thought it was shogun, ninja, dida.Ninja apparently is training elsewhere now so did he sell his share? Dida also left the gym in 2010 to train in canada. Shogun has also trained elsewhere the past few years...

YVES JOCKSTRAP site profile image  

8/8/12 5:25 PM by YVES JOCKSTRAP

Isn't UDL Shogun's gym?

Haulport site profile image  

8/8/12 3:21 PM by Haulport

Absolutely. He is one of the best in the world and with the right training could be a threat to Jones. Without it he has ZERO chance...

GOREILLAMAN site profile image  

8/8/12 3:12 PM by GOREILLAMAN

I would like to see Shogun leave UDL. Not the right fit for him.

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8/8/12 5:09 AM by Shogun121

As far as i know he decided to train in brazil for hendo feeling he gets better "boxing" training instead of returning to kings.After corderio seemed angry and felt shogun showed up out of shape again and did not train properly, after that I dont know what happened, their was an interview in Portuguese where shogun apparently felt slighted by corderios comments. Corderio had nice things to say about shogun before the vera fight...Maybe he felt bad, even though I thought he was telling the truth.Fruhz and shogun later split as well (his manager who posts here), and ninja is now no longer training with his brother either feeling he is not training properly with dida.Im on the outside looking in, but it seems shogun is siding with dida when alot of people close to him feel he needs a change.

kuruptz site profile image  

8/8/12 4:11 AM by kuruptz

What was the deal with shogun leaving kings MMA? What happened?

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8/8/12 2:54 AM by Shogun121

Agreed, after he left chute boxe in 2007 he opened his own gym and was never the same he did not look as in shape or dangerous.Eddie alveraz, Kj noons, and kikuno even embarrassed him. I would say he declined significantly since leaving chute boxe and training at his own gym.

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8/8/12 2:45 AM by Shogun121

Shogun needs to leave dida, dida himself went from an a very good fighter to a lazy fighter in his later fights. And now its showing with shogun.Shogun looked better training with his original chute boxe coach at kings for his fight with Forrest.I would really like him to just go train with someone like dos santos again.Either way he needs a top camp that will push him.

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8/7/12 9:15 PM by UGCTT_Fraser_Finlay

Yea that was the second Sonnen fight I believe.He said something about fighting demons inside the cage... He definitely has a screw loose...