(Now we get why Shogun keeps going under the knife)
According to UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, he could be back competing in the Octagon sooner than the March projection made by UFC president Dana White during last weekend’s UFC 116 post-fight press conference.
Having undergone successful knee surgery last month for an injury he sustained during his trouncing of Lyoto Machida at UFC 113, Rua is rehabbing the knee every day with a physiotherapist and says that he doesn’t expect a long layoff.
"It’s everything fine now," Rua told TATAME’s Guillherme Cruz. "I had the surgery a month ago, and I’m cool. I can walk already. I’m doing a fitness work and physiotherapy and next month I’ll be back to my training and I’ll strengthen my leg so I can come back next year — probably in January — if everything works out fine."
When asked about Lyoto Machida’s manager, Ed Soares’ recent remarks that he would like to see his charge face the man next in line for a shot at Rua’s gold, Rashad Evans, in an interim title bout, Shogun says the prospect has not been discussed as far as he knows.
"Man, I don’t know. Last week I had a meeting with Dana White and [Lorenzo] Fertitta and nobody said anything about an interim title or anything like that, so I’ll fight with my usual belt on my next bout… As far as I’m concerned, it won’t happen… I believe [Soares is] trying it on the behalf of his athlete, but for what I know I’ll fight with my belt in hands," Shogun explained. "That’s the only thing I’m positive about. It’s [in] Lyoto’s interest, only because you wish it, it doesn’t mean you’ll have it, but for me, it doesn’t change a thing. My belt is the official [belt], and if they want to fight for an interim belt before, it doesn’t change a thing for me."
Maybe the UFC could institute an intercontinental title to appease Soares.