Ninja on Shogun: “I’m sure he’ll win the belt”

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The Brazilian martial arts magazine Tatame has a brief article up with Murilo “Ninja” Rua speaking about his brother Mauricio “Shogun” Rua’s upcoming fight with undefeated UFC lightweight champion Lyoto Machida:

“I was training with him just now”, says Ninja. “We are training all the time and I’m sure he’ll win the belt, and I’m not saying this because he is my brother… I’m confident”, said the Brazilian.

The article also mentions that Machida and Shogun once trained together at the legendary Chute Box Academy in Brazil.  After Shogun’s masterful destruction of Chuck Liddell at UFC 97, it appears that he may be back to the same form that allowed him to steamroll the competition in the stacked PRIDE 2006 Grand Prix.  If so, Machida will have his hands full when UFC 104 comes around.

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