RIO DE JANEIRO -- Rafael Cordeiro, one of the most decorated coaches in MMA, became one of the hottest names after two of his fighters won UFC titles in 2014 and 2015. After Fabricio Werdum and Rafael dos Anjos won the interim heavyweight championship and the lightweight crown, a former 205-pound champion might return to Cordeiro’s gym.
Mauricio Rua, who trained with Cordeiro in his Chute Boxe days and for a few UFC fights later in his career, revealed during a media scrum in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, that he wants to move to Los Angeles to train at Kings MMA for his UFC 190 clash with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
"Master Rafael Cordeiro visited me in Las Vegas and made me an offer to train with him again, and that’s something I’m thinking about," Rua told the media Wednesday.
Rua’s manager Eduardo Alonso was his head coach for his past UFC fights. Since he lost the light heavyweight title in 2011, "Shogun" went five out of eight. The Brazilian striker was coached by different camps during this recent run, including both Alonso, Cordeiro and Andre Dida.
"I talked to Eduardo and I have that desire (to train with Cordeiro), and I wanted his opinion. He said I have open doors. ‘If you want to, go.’ I need to talk to my family first, Eduardo and Rafael. It’s not 100 percent yet. But I might do my next training camp in Los Angeles."
Rua is one of the coaches of the upcoming season of The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil in opposite to heavyweight legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. The reality show premieres on April 5.