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Shogun’s possible return


Mauricio “Shogun” Rua has been out of action since his September 2007 loss to Forrest Griffin. Shogun had knee surgery shortly after the fight. Apparently, the operation didn’t clear up all the problems.

Shogun just had another knee surgery,” said Dana White.

Not knowing exactly what the surgery is for, it’s hard to speculate how bad Shogun’s knee is, but what White said next is definitely positive news for Shogun fans.

I believe Shogun will back this fall.”

Should Shogun get back into the octagon in a few months, the leading candidate for an opponent may very well be Sokoudjou. Sokoudjou challenged Shogun shortly after defeating Kazuhiro Nakamura at UFC 84. The fight would seem to make sense for both fighters as a way to elevate one of the them into the title picture. The loser would have some work to do to rebuild himself, but it probably wouldn’t end their UFC run.

  • fightfan says:

    Never beleive anythign that comes from White’s trap. He will say whatever it is people want to hear or whatever is good for the UFC, true or not.

    Multiple surgeries are never good. And ayear from last fight and still not training full time is NOT good news. All we Shogun fans can do is hope he gets back healthy and soon!

  • Evan says:

    I am a huge fan of the NFL so I have seen plenty of people with knee problems keep trying to come back too early. Shogun may just need to forget fighting for another year or so. I’d rather see him lose a few years than ruin his career.

  • xx2000xx says:

    I don’t know, considering the $$$ they are giving Sokoudjou, if he loses his next match I think it might be it for him.

  • xx2000xx says:

    Bit off topic. I just listened to Mauro Ranallo’s podcast and he said the next EliteXC show will NOT have the rappers and dancers for their next CBS show. Thank god and a smart move.

  • -chris says:

    I can’t stand Mauro Ranallo, most annoying prick ever.

  • Goddamn it Gary, mention that the quote is from a talk you had with him. Ya know, build it up. “In an exclusive conversation with 5 Ounces own superstar Gary Herman” would do the trick just fine

  • jamo says:

    off the subject again but any one else noticed how the pride fighters look a lot smaller in the ufc??? not saying they were all on a strong vitamin supplement….lol

  • mike says:

    yes Shogun looked like some couch potato last time he fought it was ridiculous.

  • BJJDenver says:

    #6, thanks for the unique comment. Seriously, it’s over, and those remarks are so worn out. You are better than that, lol. I think we all know what was going on with some guys over there, the same thing that is going on here, except they have to hide it better.

    I agree that I would rather see him out longer and heal up better, if that is the case. However, it is far from uncommon to have follow up surgeries after injuries like this. I think we are going to see more and more emphasis on leg kicks in the UFC, thanks to Jardine/Chuck and Forrest/Rampage, and that worries me for guys like Shogun. They better work on the takedowns and get the kicks neutralized.

  • MMA Man Up says:

    As a Shogun fan I don’t want him to rush back to soon. He needs to let that knee be as close to 100% as it can get, then come back and fight someone.

  • smoogleton says:

    It was known that he had to have a second corrective surgery some time after the Forrest fight. Are you telling us he had a THIRD surgery?

  • Bruce says:

    Thats an awesome picture at the top of the article. It looks like something out of a comic book.

  • Evan says:

    Bruce, that is one of the most famous moments in PRIDE.

  • CaptainAmerica1967 says:

    Interesting to note that Shogun lost to Forrest the same way to lost to Bobalu via a rear naked choke submission

  • platypus says:

    uhm…shogun didnt lose to babalu sobral via rear naked choke, he lost to babalu due to guillotine choke after a gassed takedown.

    captain america do you actually watch the fights?

  • Kogepan says:

    i don’t understand why you would put Shogun in with a top contender right away. The guy has had TWO major knee operations and will not have fought in over a year.

    Seriously, put him on the undercard against a couple of japanese cans first. He’s not going to get a title anytime soon in any case.


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