With the announcement a month of Mauricio”Shogun” Rua’s successful shoulder surgery, the Brazilian legend has continued his legacy of being a mixed martial arts (MMA) medical marvel. It is beyond obvious that Shogun is injury prone. However, with the total amount of punishment he has obtained, many might consider it amazing that’s he is not only still alive to talk about it but continues fighting professionally at the highest level on the biggest stage to this day. Throughout 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 that of a washed up fighter? It’s obviously more than just another minor setback to his already legendary career, as it is serious enough that won’t see him compete again till early 2016. At just 33 years of age, it looks like a normal procedure on the surface. However, to a lot of fans, this is just another reason to make a declaration that Shogun’s best days as a fighter are clearly behind him. Perhaps even that he needs to retire. The toughest issue concerning the Shogun situation is that he’s not even that old, but fight years are a very different story. IMG_1693 Many pundits accredit the overwhelming accumulation of harm to a combo of both his times sparring with the legendary Chute Boxe Academy and into the grueling losses he has gathered inside the Octagon. There’s not any doubt the Shogun’s time as a professional mixed Martial Artist has taken it’s toll on him . It remains to be seen what the price have been in association with winning those four UFC”Fight of the Night” performance bonuses. Can they blame for why so 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 an expert fighter to further illustrate the determining as to when a fighter is possibly past his prime, and also to prove that a fighter being near retirement isn’t solely dependant on age demographics. Shogun’s knees have confronted more wear and tear than any fighter presently on the UFC roster with the exception of Dominick Cruz. The Brazilian injured his anterior cruciate ligament training for his fight with Forrest Griffin in UFC 76. Trying to fight injury, he pulled out the fascia completely during the ensuing fight. The injury required surgery to correct and countless hours of rehabilitation. Upon rehabbing the helpless leg for several weeks, he returned to instruction and unfortunately completely blew out his ACL. Another surgery and rehab regimen kept him on the sidelines until 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 physicians orders, he proceeded to fight . Despite winning in convincing fashion, the cause foIMG_1695r party was curtailed by Rua’s need for immediate operation. Because of this it would be just over 10 months later before enthusiasts would see him make his Octagon return against Jon Jones. It was a fight which not only ended his title reign in catastrophic fashion but one in which the fighter looked to be a shell of his former self for the very first time. To put it simply, his knee imploded. And then it happened again. And then it occurred once more for good measure. The surgical repair count needed to fix his knees immediately required three major surgeries in less than three years. However it must be mentioned that history had shown us MMA fans that Shogun can’t blame these harms alone for hindering his fantasies of getting a UFC winner. Despite being plagued by the injury bug for a second time, Shogun went on to become UFC champion, however brief the title reign was. Regrettably, it’s doubtful this time about that Shogun will reclaim his glory times of times past. As fans, we all hope he gets beyond these latest injury woes to develop into a contender once more. However as handicappers we must take this as yet another sign he is not capable of competing with the division’s elite.
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