With the announcement last month of Mauricio”Shogun” Rua’s powerful shoulder surgery, the Brazilian legend has continued his legacy of becoming a mixed martial arts (MMA) medical marvel. It is beyond obvious that Shogun is injury prone. But with the amount of punishment he’s received, many may consider it amazing that’s he is not just still alive to discuss it continues fighting professionally in the highest level on the biggest point for this day. During Shogun’s storied 30+ fight MMA career, he’s faced countless setbacks through the much-maligned MMA Injury Bug. IMG_1702
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Is the shoulder surgery the result of the essential maintainance when it is comes to fighting, or of a washed up fighter? It’s definitely more than just another minor setback to his already legendary career, as it is serious enough that will not see him contend until early 2016. At just 33 years old, it seems like a normal procedure on the surface. But to a lot of fans, this is just one more reason to create a statement that Shogun’s best days as a fighter are clearly behind him. Perhaps even that he needs to retire. The most difficult issue concerning the Shogun situation is that he’s not even that old, although fight years are a completely different story. IMG_1693 Many pundits accredit the overwhelming accumulation of harm to a combo of his days sparring with the mythical Chute Boxe Academy and into the grueling losses he has accumulated inside the Octagon. There is not any doubt the Shogun’s time as a professional mixed Martial Artist has taken it’s toll on him . It was seen exactly what the price have been in association with winning those four UFC”Fight of the Night” performance bonuses. Can they blame for why many believe Shogun is well beyond his prime? This report gives a brief medial synopsis of the harms the former UFC light heavyweight champion has accrued through his times as a professional fighter to further illustrate the ascertaining as to when a fighter is possibly past his prime, and also to prove that a fighter being close retirement is not solely dependant on age demographics. Shogun’s knees alone have faced more wear and tear than any fighter currently on the UFC roster with the exception of Dominick Cruz. The Brazilian first injured his anterior cruciate ligament training for his fight with Forrest Griffin at UFC 76. Trying to fight injury, he pulled out the fascia completely during the ensuing battle. The injury required surgery to fix and countless hours of rehab. Upon rehabbing the lame leg for many weeks, he returned to training and unfortunately completely blew out his ACL. Another surgery and rehabilitation regimen kept him on the sidelines before his UFC 93 bout with Mark Coleman which was almost a year and a half after the fight with Griffin. While training for a rematch from Lyoto Machida, he once more injured his knee but against doctors orders, he proceeded to fight . Despite winning in convincing fashion, the cause foIMG_1695r celebration was curtailed by Rua’s need for immediate operation. Because of this it might be just over 10 months later before fans would see him make his Octagon reunite against Jon Jones. It was a fight which not only finished his title reign in devastating fashion but one where the fighter looked to be a shell of his former self for the first time. To put it simply, his knee imploded. And then it happened . And then it happened once again for good measure. The surgical fix count required to repair his knees immediately required three big surgeries in under three years. However it must be noted that history had shown us MMA fans that Shogun can not blame these harms alone for hindering his fantasies of becoming a UFC champion. Despite being plagued by the injury bug for another time, Shogun went to become UFC winner, however brief the title reign was. Regrettably, it is doubtful this time around that Shogun will recover his glory days of times past. As fans, we all hope he gets past these newest injury woes to develop into a contender once again. However as handicappers we must take this as another indication he is no longer capable of contending with the division’s elite.
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