Together 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’s beyond obvious that Shogun is injury prone. But with the total amount of punishment he has received, many may consider it amazing that is he’s not just still alive to talk about it continues fighting professionally at the highest level on the greatest stage to this day. Throughout Shogun’s storied 30+ fight MMA career, he’s confronted 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 of a washed up fighter? It’s obviously more than just another minor setback to his already legendary career, since it’s serious enough that won’t see him contend till early 2016. At just 33 decades old, it seems like a regular process on the surface. But to many 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 that he needs to retire. The toughest issue concerning the Shogun situation 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 damage to a combination of both his times sparring with the mythical Chute Boxe Academy and into the grueling losses he’s accumulated 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 was seen exactly what the cost are in association with winning those four UFC»Fight of the Night» performance bonuses. Can they blame for why so many believe Shogun is well past his prime? This report gives a brief medial synopsis of the injuries the former UFC light heavyweight champion has accrued during his days as an expert fighter to further illustrate the determining as to when a fighter is possibly past his prime, and also to prove a fighter being close retirement isn’t entirely dependant on age demographics. Shogun’s knees have confronted more wear and tear compared to any fighter currently on the UFC roster with the exclusion 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 blew out the fascia completely through the ensuing battle. The injury required surgery to fix and hundreds of hours of rehab. Upon rehabbing the helpless leg for many months, 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 that was almost a year and a half following the struggle with Griffin. While training for a rematch against Lyoto Machida, he once again injured his knee against physicians orders, he went on to fight anyways. Despite winning in convincing fashion, the origin foIMG_1695r party was curtailed by Rua’s need for immediate surgery. Because of this it might be just over 10 months afterwards before fans would see him make his Octagon return against Jon Jones. It was a fight that 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 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 needed to fix his knees quickly required three major surgeries in less than three years. However it must be mentioned that history had shown us MMA fans that Shogun can not blame these harms alone for hindering his fantasies of becoming a UFC winner. Despite being plagued by the injury bug for a second time, Shogun went to become UFC winner, however short the title reign was. Regrettably, it’s doubtful this time around that Shogun will recover his glory times of times past. As fans, most of us hope he gets past these latest injury woes to become a contender once again. But as handicappers we must take this as yet another sign that he is not capable of competing with the division’s elite.
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