‘Shogun’ Surgery a Success; Fall Return Possible

Mauricio “Shogun” Rua weighs-in for UFC 76: Knockout. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Less than a month after he was forced to pull out of his scheduled UFC 85 bout against former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell in England, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is recovering after undergoing surgery to repair a ruptured ACL in his left knee.

The former PRIDE standout told Sherdog.com‘s Gleidson Venga that he is currently recovering and won’t be able to get back to training for at least another two months.

“The surgery was very quick, lasted 50 minutes, and was quiet,” Rua said in the report. “Now I hope for healing and I think in about two months I can return to training slowly, very cautiously.”

Rua ruptured the ACL during a training session at his brand new martial arts academy earlier this month. The heavyweight winner of the second season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, Rashad Evans, will now challenge Liddell in June.

Therapy and time pending, Rua believes that he may be ready for a return to action this fall.

“Depending on my recovery, I think that I can fight again in September or October,” Rua said. “We always talked with Dana White and also would like to thank him because the UFC offered me a doctor, a physical therapist—all to get me help. They have been very attentive with me.”


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