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Shogun undergoes knee surgery, Evans bout delayed

UFC president Dana White recently revealed that newly minted light heavyweight champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua had to undergo knee surgery following his win over Lyoto Machida at UFC 113 last month.

“He’s got a knee problem now, and he got it fixed,” White told, “He had a bad knee after the fight.

“He just got out of the hospital; it was a successful surgery, he had the surgery in L.A and he’s going to do all his therapy in Vegas”.

The Brazilian has struggled with injuries in the past having ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) prior to his octagon debut against Forrest Griffin at UFC 76, which subsequently required two separate surgeries. He also suffered a broken arm in a 2006 Pride bout against Mark Coleman.

Rua (19-4-0) was expected to meet top contender Rashad Evans later this year in his first title defense. That bout will now likely be delayed.

  • stone says:

    Hopefully by the time Rua rehabs and recovers, rashad will get hurt! Who really think this guy deserves a shot at the belt? His two wins after his Machida lost have been lack luster, “oCtAgOn CoNtRoL” wins! I’d much rather see Shogun fight a more exciting fight like Rampage 2, F.Griffin 2, Anderson Silva, Bones Jones, R. Franklin or even a V.Belfort or Bader would do the PPV fans more justice! FINISH FIGHTS PLEASE!

  • Dufresne says:

    I’m not gonna go as far as to say I hope Rashad gets hurt, but I am hoping for something to come up that forces a change of opponents. I personally don’t like Rashad anyways, but after his loss to Machida he’s also become a rather boring fighter as well as a general d-bag. If they do end up fighting for the belt I really hope Rua manages to either win via KO or sub, but I’d also take a 5 round decision if it came in the form of a one sided beatdown.
    Hopefully this surgery is as successful as possible and Rua comes back at 100%

  • Jstew3785 says:

    I don’t think this is as serious an injury as Shogun has had in the past. I don’t remember where I heard it but Shogun anticipates fighting by November or December. I really look forward to Shogun laying Evans sooner rather than later.

  • Niv says:

    I’ve been on record saying this before, the only thing that will defeat Shogun is injury or the loss of focus.

    I hope he has learned his lessons of the past and doesn’t return until he’s 100%. I hope this injury isn’t too serious it would be a shame to have the LHW divisions most exciting fighter hobbled by another knee injury.

    I hope and pray for Shogun that he gets better soon and all is well. Looking forward to many more highlight reel finishes.


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