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Murilo 'Ninja' Rua to make DREAM debut in April

Former EliteXC middleweight champ Murilo "Ninja" Rua will return to Japan to fight at DREAM 8 in Tokyo, Japan on April 5.

Rua confirmed his Japan return to Portal das Lutas and that he will take on a Korean at the event.

Rua last compete in Japan on June 4, 2006 at PRIDE Bushido 11, his thirteenth straight fight with PRIDE since September 2001

Rua has not fought since losing to Benji Radach via KO last October at the final EliteXC event.

Rua is currently helping his brother Mauricio "Shogun" Rua prepare in Sao Paulo, Brazil for Chuck Liddell at UFC 97 "Redemption" on April 18. The brothers are training jiu jitsu with undefeated UFC middleweight Demian Maia.