Shogun: Pride Rules were safer

Friday, November 29, 2013

I have been asked a few times to name the hardest strike I ever felt. It years ago at a seminar with Shogun and Ninja at Boneyard MMA in Taunton. Shogun asked if anyone wanted to hold a kick shield for his flying knee. I was curious and volunteered.

I flew say 10 feet and landed in a heap.

Then Shogun and Ninja detailed how to soccer kick properly – jump aross landing with a stomp, back kick, soccer kick. It is the scariest MMA technique I ever was shown.

Soccer kicks were of course banned in the North American based Unified Rules, but were allowed under Japan’s Pride Rules.

In an interview with MMAJunkie, Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua says that Pride Rules were safer, and he hopes some day they come back.

“For sure, the new rules hinder me,” said Rua. “I think that the rule set from when I fought in Japan was safer than today’s rules. Elbows hurt a lot more than stomps. I had adapted to their rules. So when I came to the UFC, to get comfortable, it took some time. And, truthfully, my fight style relied greatly on stomps and soccer kicks. So to me, the greatest minus when coming to the UFC was the change in rules.”

“I hope that one day, the UFC can legalize foot stomps and soccer kicks. It would be great. I miss it. During the PRIDE era, I have no recollection of anyone getting hurt badly from stomps or soccer kicks. Elbows, in truth, really do hurt an opponent.”

What do you think UG? From a spectators point of view do you prefer Pride Rules or Unified Rules? What do you think is safer?

Rua, 32, fights James Te Huna at UFC Fight Night 3, in Queensland, Australia; the card airs li in the U.S. on Friday, Dec. 6, on FOX Sports 1.