Mauricio “Shogun” Rua weighs-in for UFC 76: Knockout. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua has been forced to pull out of his scheduled bout against former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell after rupturing an ACL in his left knee during a recent training session.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship posted the news on their official website earlier this afternoon, additionally reporting that Rua will require surgery and will be out of action for an indefinite amount of time.
“I’ve never seen “Shogun” so motivated for a fight like this in years,” said Rua’s spokesman, Eduardo Alonso in the report. “This was like a new beginning for him. He thanks his fans for all the support. It means a lot to him.”
The fight was due to be Rua’s first since he was submitted by Forrest Griffin in his UFC debut in September. A replacement opponent for Liddell will reportedly be announced shortly.
So who would be a good replacement for Rua in this situation? Any ideas? To be honest, I can’t think of anyone of the top of my head. Every single one of the big-time light heavyweights have been booked for bouts in the coming months.
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