Mauricio Shogun vs Rogerio Nogueira, Pride Critical Countdown 2005, 26 June 2005
One of the best fights from Pride, Mauricio Shogun vs Rogerio Nogueira is one of the most action-packed and exciting MMA fights in the history of MMA. This fight won the Sherdog 2005 Fight of the Year award. Mauricio Shogun also won the Sherdog 2005 Fighter of the Year award. This fight was one of the quarter final fights for the 2005 Pride Middleweight Grand Prix. An incredible tournament featuring legends of MMA.
The 2005 Pride Middleweight Grand Prix featured fighters such as Kazushi Sakuraba, Ricardo Arona, Dean Lister, Kevin Randleman, Wanderlei Silva, Hidehiko Yoshida, Alistair Overeem, Vitor Belfort, Igor Vovchanchyn, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Dan Henderson, Mauricio Rua, and Rampage Jackson. Click here for the full tournament card. This is a particularly interesting middleweight tournament as there is the possibility that Mauricio Rua will fight team mate and current Pride Middleweight Champion Wanderlei Silva.
In the opening rounds of the tournament, Rogerio Nogueira submitted Dan Henderson via armbar in the first round to move to the quarterfinals. Mauricio Shogun defeated Rampage Jackson via TKO with soccer kicks. Rampage Jackson had previously defeated Mauricio Shogun’s older brother Murilo Ninja Rua in February of 2005. Mauricio Shogun was not only looking to advance in the tournament, but was also looking for revenge. With these wins, the two advanced into the quarter finals and we have Mauricio Shogun vs Rogerio Nogueira. The winner of this fight will fight the winner of Alistair Overeem vs Igor Vovchanchyn.
What makes Mauricio Shogun vs Rogerio Nogueira an incredible match-up is their backgrounds in fighting. Mauricio Shogun comes from the legendary Chute Boxe academy which trains it’s fighters in their unique style of striking and grappling. Shogun is also a Black belt in BJJ under Antonio Schembri. Rogerio Nogueira is a boxer and was previously on the Brazil national team. He won Gold in the 2006 South-American games and Bronze in the 2007 Pan-American Games.