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Tuesday, 08/13/2013, 09:48 am

Freddie Roach: Shogun doesn’t punch “like a girl” anymore

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua may have knocked out many mixed martial art fighters in his career, but boxing coach Freddie Roach used to think that he punched like a girl. The former Ultimate Fighting Championship light heavyweight champion had impressive knockout victories over Lyoto Machida, Chuck Liddell, Alistair Overeem and many others. His list wasn’t enough to impress Roach, who has coached boxers like Manny Pacquiao and Oscar de La Hoya.

Fortunately for Rua, he has made great improvement since working with Roach. According to Roach, Rua went from being a good puncher to a great puncher since Rua started working with him.

Roach shared his thoughts of Rua’s improvement on “The MMA Hour” on Monday.

“It’s funny, when we first started working together [Rua] wasn’t punching really hard because he didn’t have his balance and his feet under him, and I told him he punched like a girl,” Roach said on “The MMA Hour.” “The last day he said, ‘Freddie, can I ask you a question? Do I punch like a boy now?’ I said, ‘Yes, you do.’ He’s really fun guy to be around and a really hard worker. We had a really good time.”

Rua can use his new punching techniques when he challenges Chael Sonnen in the main event of UFC Fight Night 26: Shogun vs. Sonnen this Saturday at the TD Bank Garden in Boston. It will air on Fox Sports 1.

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0 Comments to Freddie Roach: Shogun doesn’t punch “like a girl” anymore

  1. like mike says:

    well i hope he trained on his counter wrestleing as well, otherwise his new found skill won’t help him much.

  2. Satanic grappling says:

    I know some people he could punch

  3. Bob'O says:

    I respect Shogun a lot, but Chael is going to smother him. Why he wasted his time with a boxing coach is beyond me. He should have been training with top level elite wrestlers. Shogun is in big trouble, He’s going to take a very long and bad ground & pound beating that could very well send him into retirement. You will understand when it’s all said and done. ~Bob’O

  4. GRT 3000 says:

    Sonnen is a dead man this Saturday…watch & see.

  5. Dan Jenkins says:

    I think shogun wins this early on by ko/tko. If Sonnen does make the third it might be how good shoguns cardio is that decides it

  6. 757 says:

    Props to Chael and his wrestling. Hendo was an Olympic level wrestler too. To be honest Shogun hung with him enough to absolutely whip his his the last two rounds and completely dominate him in round 5 having Hendo on his back the entire round. Chael doesn’t hit like Hendo and Shougun is no joke on the ground. Look for Chael to hang early and get busted up late. If Chael thinks he can out tough this guy he is seriously mistaken.

  7. Ddddddddd says:

    I’ll bet he’s workin on straight punches and a powerful jab.
    It makes sense considering how the game is evolving to deal with good wrestlers. I’ll bet this is a good fight.

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