Together with the announcement last 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 evident that Shogun is injury prone. However, with the amount of punishment he has received, many might consider it amazing that is he’s not just still alive to discuss it continues fighting professionally at the highest level on the biggest point for this day. Throughout Shogun’s storied 30+ struggle MMA career, he has faced countless setbacks via the much-maligned MMA Injury Bug. IMG_1702
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Is the shoulder surgery the end result of the essential maintainance when it’s comes to battling, or of a washed up fighter? It is obviously more than just another minor setback to his already legendary career, as it’s serious enough that will not see him compete again until early 2016. At just 33 decades old, it looks like a normal procedure on the surface. But to a lot of fans, this is just one more reason to make a declaration that Shogun’s best days as a fighter are obviously behind him. Perhaps even he needs to retire. The toughest issue concerning the Shogun scenario is that he’s not even that old, although struggle years are a completely different story. IMG_1693 Many pundits accredit the overwhelming accumulation of damage to a combination of his times sparring with the legendary Chute Boxe Academy and into the grueling losses he has gathered inside the Octagon. There is no doubt the Shogun’s time as a professional mixed Martial Artist has taken it’s toll on him physically. It remains to be 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 article gives a brief medial synopsis of the injuries the former UFC light heavyweight champion has accrued during his times as a professional fighter to further illustrate the ascertaining as to if a fighter is possibly past his prime, and also to prove a fighter being near retirement isn’t solely dependant on age demographics. Shogun’s knees have faced more wear and tear than almost any fighter currently on the UFC roster with the exception of Dominick Cruz. The Brazilian first injured his anterior cruciate ligament training for his struggle with Forrest Griffin in UFC 76. Attempting to fight injury, he pulled out the ligament completely through the ensuing fight. The injury required surgery to fix and countless hours of rehabilitation. Upon rehabbing the lame leg for many weeks, he returned to instruction and sadly completely blew out his ACL. Another surgery and rehabilitation regimen kept him on the sidelines until his UFC 93 bout with Mark Coleman which was almost a year and a half after the struggle with Griffin. While training for a rematch against Lyoto Machida, he once more injured his knee against physicians orders, he went on to fight . Despite winning in convincing fashion, the cause foIMG_1695r celebration was curtailed by Rua’s need for immediate surgery. As a result it would be just over 10 months afterwards before fans would see him make his Octagon reunite against Jon Jones. It was a fight which not only ended his title reign in devastating fashion but one in which the fighter seemed 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 more for good measure. The surgical repair count required to fix his knees immediately required three big surgeries in under three decades. However it must be noted that history had shown us MMA fans that Shogun can not blame those injuries alone for hindering his dreams of becoming a UFC winner. Despite being plagued by the injury bug for another time, Shogun went on to become UFC champion, however short the name reign was. Unfortunately, it’s doubtful this time about that Shogun will reclaim his glory days of times ago. As fans, most of us hope he gets beyond these latest injury woes to develop into a contender once again. But as handicappers we have to take this as another sign that he is no longer capable of contending with the division’s elite.
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