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Shogun Eyeing January Return to Action; Says Talk of Interim Title is Premature

(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.

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Nealio- July 9, 2010 at 12:15 pm
The only thing Anderson Silva would win against Shogun is a "how much buttcrack do these undersized spandex shorts show".
He's not even going to win against Sonnen and you fools are saying he'll beat Shogun? Bwwaahahahaha
dogpt3- July 9, 2010 at 9:10 am
If Anderson and Shogun fought one would win and one would lose for sure
ytrebil- July 9, 2010 at 7:10 am
Anderson Silva would kill Shogun tactically. Silva by UA.
MediumRare- July 9, 2010 at 3:27 am
@ Freddy

Shogun's ground and pound is what will do it.

I think a vicious ground and pound is the key to beating Anderson. And I think there is no more vicious gnp than Shogun's.
dwmwtv- July 8, 2010 at 9:58 pm
@ FreddyFangers

Rua was a former training partner of Machida, that is why he was able to devise a fight plan that nullified him on their first fight and KO on their second.
Guess who else he used to train with? Yup, the spider.
I believe he can come up with a strategy to beat AS as well.
FreddyFangers- July 8, 2010 at 6:42 pm
@ MediumRare

You are 100% correct that I am very fond of Andersons nuts, but what makes you think Shogun has his number?? Anderson consistently demolishes his opponent. Sure, Shogun looked good against Machida recently but Anderson is a completely different beast. If these two can meet up before Anderson gets too old, I think Shogun will get thrashed.
MediumRare- July 8, 2010 at 5:15 pm
@ Freddy

That's a solid plan except perhaps for the part about Anderson beating Shogun. I understand Anderson's nuts have kept you pretty warm 'till now but I think Shogun has his number.
cecils_pupils- July 8, 2010 at 5:11 pm
How about we get Shogun's wife and Lyoto's wife to settle the rubber match with a nude KY wrestling match? A man can dream...
FreddyFangers- July 8, 2010 at 4:52 pm
January....Thats plenty of time for Anderson to beat Chaels ass, vacate the MW belt, fight Rashad to become the true #1 contender and then whip Shogun's ass and have the LW title. All in 6 months, and the scary thing is; he could easily do it.
Komodo- July 8, 2010 at 4:40 pm
January?? Fuck :-/
Ahh well, better to heal up properly than screw it up rushing.
BuckWild- July 8, 2010 at 3:34 pm
@ TrouserSnout

Im sure Shogun Is beatin that up more than he did Lyoto ! Dang it really pays to be rich and a Bad Arse in the UFC! Props to shogun for the babe wife and getting the belt!
El Guapo- July 8, 2010 at 3:27 pm
January? Are you serious? It's only a knee surgery!

Get it? ONLY a knee surgery. Because yesterd... Ahhh, nevermind. Get well soon, Shogun.
TrouserSnout- July 8, 2010 at 3:20 pm
She needs a good pounding.