With the announcement a month of Mauricio”Shogun” Rua’s successful shoulder surgery, the Brazilian legend has continued his legacy of becoming a mixed martial arts (MMA) medical marvel. It’s beyond evident that Shogun is injury prone. However, with the amount of punishment he’s obtained, many might consider it amazing that is he’s not only still alive to discuss it continues fighting professionally at the maximum level on the greatest point to this day. Throughout Shogun’s storied 30+ struggle MMA career, he’s faced countless setbacks via the much-maligned MMA Injury Bug. IMG_1702
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Is the shoulder operation the end 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 will not see him contend till early 2016. At just 33 decades of age, it looks like a normal process on the surface. However, to many fans, this is just one more reason to create a declaration that Shogun’s best days as a fighter are obviously behind him. Maybe even that he needs to retire. The toughest issue concerning the Shogun scenario is that he is not even that old, although fight years are a completely different story. IMG_1693 Many pundits accredit the overwhelming accumulation of harm to a combination of both his times sparring with the legendary Chute Boxe Academy and to the grueling losses he has gathered inside the Octagon. There is no doubt the Shogun’s time as an expert blended Martial Artist has taken it’s toll on him . It was seen what the price are in association with winning those four UFC”Fight of the Night” performance bonuses. Can they blame for why so many think Shogun is well past his prime? This article gives a brief medial synopsis of the injuries the former UFC light heavyweight champion has accrued through his days as an expert fighter to further illustrate the ascertaining as to when a fighter is possibly past his prime, and to prove a fighter being near retirement is not entirely 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 in UFC 76. Trying to fight injury, he pulled out the ligament completely through the ensuing battle. The injury required surgery to fix and countless hours of rehabilitation. Upon rehabbing the lame leg for many months, he returned to training and sadly completely blew out his ACL. Another surgery and rehab regimen kept him on the sidelines before his UFC 93 bout with Mark Coleman that was almost a year and a half following the fight with Griffin. While training for a rematch against Lyoto Machida, he once again injured his knee but against physicians orders, he went on to fight anyways. Despite winning in convincing fashion, the cause foIMG_1695r celebration was curtailed by Rua’s need for immediate operation. Because of this it would be just over 10 months later before fans would see him make his Octagon reunite against Jon Jones. It was a struggle 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 very 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 fix his knees immediately required three big surgeries in less than three years. However it must be noted that history had shown us MMA fans that Shogun can’t blame those harms alone for hindering his fantasies of getting a UFC champion. Despite being plagued by the injury bug for another time, Shogun went on to become UFC champion, however brief the name reign was. Regrettably, it’s doubtful this time about that Shogun will reclaim his glory days of times past. As fans, most of us hope he gets past these newest injury woes to develop into a contender once again. However as handicappers we have to take this as yet another indication that he is not capable of competing with the division’s elite.
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