Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Photo property of PRIDE FC Worldwide.
With his once-scheduled showdown against Chuck Liddell now far off in the distance, former PRIDE light heavyweight standout Mauricio “Shogun” Rua now focuses on his return from surgery to repair a ruptured ACL in his left knee.
Despite inklings that Rua may once again be paired up with Liddell for the UFC’s debut event in Atlanta, Georgia in September, the former champion was matched up against rising contender Rashad Evans, leaving Rua on the outside looking in. However, UFC President Dana White stated at the post-fight press conference for this past weekend’s UFC 86 that he expects the Brazilian to be back in action this fall.
Rua says different. In a recent interview with Tatame.com, the Chute Boxe product is currently targeting December as a potential return date for himself:
“My knee is very good, thanks to God,” Rua said in the article. “I was going to begin my hard training this week but I spoke to my doctor and he decided to make the exams this week. I have been doing boxing and physical training, and I think next week I will return to jiu-jitsu and gradually train more. I will train hard to face anyone. I had a defeat in my debut and I can’t choose my opponent. It is not settled yet, but I expect to return on December, it’s better for me.”
Word on the street is that “Shogun” may have even had a second surgery recently to fix lingering problems with his ACL, which he has now torn twice in the past year, but nothing has been confirmed as of yet. Either way, let’s hope for a full recovery for Rua. There’s no need to rush back, especially in this case. His addition to the UFC’s annually stacked New Year’s Eve event would make it that much better.