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Marcus Aurelio Makes Miraculous Recovery From Elbow Injury; Says He’ll Fight Shinya Aoki at DREAM 16

(What, this??No, it’s not sparring; it’s physiotherapy.)

When Marcus Aurelio dropped out of SHINE Fights’ lightweight grand prix with an elbow injury less than a day after it was announced that all fighters who competed on the unsanctioned card would receive between 60 and 90-day suspensions that would be enforced by all of the membership bodies governed by the Association of Boxing Commissions (ABC), a lot of MMA fans and pundits (including this one) called bullshit.

It appears we were all right.

Less than two weeks after pulling out of SHINE’s 155-pound single-night tournament, Aurelio says his arm has has recovered enough to let Shinya Aoki try to rip it off Saturday night at DREAM 16 in Nagoya, Japan.

"I was doing everything right, so my arm is back," Aurelio told MMAjunkie.

The problem is, Aurelio is under exclusive contract with SHINE and has not received permission to fight for DREAM, which is a stipulation of his contract with the upstart promotion.

According to SHINE COO, Jason Chambers, Aurelio’s camp hasn’t contacted him to get the okay to fight in Japan, or to convince him that the widely accepted theory that the Brazilian faked the injury is untrue.

"After the [Sept. 10] event, I haven’t had a chance to discuss that yet. Contractually, when he signed for our tournament, he has the ability to fight anywhere, as long as its with our approval. We have to discuss whether or not this elbow injury was something that was facilitated to pull out of the tournament or whether it’s a legitimate elbow injury. My personal feeling is that if he is genuinely injured and he couldn’t fight, then that’s fine. If he has this injury as a way to get out of doing the tournament because he wants a different situation, I’m not OK with that ethically or contractually."

Note to Marcus: Say the injury was real and that a little glucosamine, some ibuprofen and an ice bath made you right as rain.

I wish all of my bosses over the years were as accepting of my word and outlandish excuses. It would have been much easier to take my birthday off every year if they had been.

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andoy162- September 20, 2010 at 9:25 pm
another overrated ufc fighter with more L than W in his ufc stint.
The Fresh One- September 20, 2010 at 5:40 pm
I think Agentsmith is spot on here, and if not, Aurelio needs a better management. Shine is a joke and so is Chambers. Best part is when Chambers says "I'm not OK with that ethically or contractually." Really? I'm sure the guys from the past card who haven't been paid are not OK with Chambers ethically or contractually.
vaicavalo- September 20, 2010 at 5:31 pm
Aoki will take the arm home anyway
BrutusBox- September 20, 2010 at 1:49 pm
man warmachine's time is really taking a toll on him, he looks like he aged ten years, but the san diego county training facilities look nice, he should be thankful he gets rec time
mothercruncher- September 20, 2010 at 1:16 pm
Miraculous recovery?
Are you thinking what I'm thinking?
No, not the ladyboy thing, the other thing.

I'm calling "natural steroids" on this one.
agentsmith- September 20, 2010 at 1:16 pm
I'm no lawyer (although I do play one on TV), but I'd say the fact that they moved the event to native land and thereby made it unsanctioned and illegal would pretty much render their fighter contracts null and void. Aurelio presumably signed on back when it was still a sanctioned event, so once it became unsanctioned he had all the legal justification he needed to pull out. You can't contractually force someone to do something illegal.
DazedNConfused- September 20, 2010 at 12:55 pm
Shine is sketchy and many people doubted that tourney would even take place. Even the people who believed it would wouldn't think that it's fighters would get paid. Now... why participate in that when you have an offer from a (atleast a little) better company which will (most likely) pay you. Plus you're fighting a pretty high profile fighter.

My guess is that Aoki/Aurelio knew their fight was going on some time after he signed Shines contract but before Shine Fights Tourney date actually took place and Marcus didn't feel like risking injury or fighting and not getting paid, so he faked an injury.

Fuck it, why not. Shine is sketchy as fuck.
danomite- September 20, 2010 at 12:54 pm
I'm not usually one to point out spelling errors, but the one in this article was too big to ignore.

You said, "... a lot of MMA fans and pundits (including this one) called bullshit" but what you meant to say was, "...a lot of MMA fans and pundits(including myself) didn't give a shit."

You've got to proof read this stuff guys so mistakes like this don't happen.
Shaky- September 20, 2010 at 12:49 pm
"I appear to have splintered my pancreas"
RwilsonR- September 20, 2010 at 12:42 pm
When asked for comment, the commissions involved couldn't fake an effort to care about Marcus Aurelio.
Mr_Misanthropy- September 20, 2010 at 12:40 pm
Ow my uterus!
Viva Hate- September 20, 2010 at 12:28 pm
"Aurelio says his arm has has recovered enough to let Shinya Aoki try to rip it off Saturday night at PRIDE 16 in Nagoya, Japan."

Pride is back, FUCK YA!
Fried Taco- September 20, 2010 at 12:17 pm
That's why I always put my birthday as January 1st!

I hope he at least remembers which elbow he told Shine he hurt.