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A Fact That Makes His Win Over Machida Even More Impressive: Shogun Had Surgery Seven Weeks Ago


(Shogun quietly killing all fighters’ future use of lame excuses why they didn’t perform in important fights)

One story that has been buried by the Paul Daley sucker punch debacle is that newly-crowned UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua went under the surgeon’s knife for an emergency appendectomy just seven weeks ago. The estimated recovery time for the procedure is between four and six weeks, but knowing that the most important fight of his life against Lyoto Machida was rapidly approaching, Rua returned to light training just two weeks after surgery and hard sparring after four.

In spite of his abridged training camp, Shogun made quick work of Machida, stopping the previously unbeaten and reputedly invincible former champion in 3:35 of the opening frame of their second official meeting Saturday night at UFC 113 in Montreal.


In an interview with TATAME following his impressive performance Saturday, Rua said that pulling out of the fight was never an option, despite reservations of several people close to him.

"The doctor and [UFC president] Dana [White]warned me not to fight, but I took my risks, said I would be fine and [Dana] was glad with my attitude and complimented me.  I already knew I was ready [before I had to have the surgery] and that I would have some time to recover."

When  told by TATAME’s Guilherme Cruz that there have been whispers that Rua could very well be the most dominant light heavyweight in MMA history, Shogun quickly dismissed the talk, pointing to a friend and former training partner as the true holder of the title.

"I don’t think so. Wanderlei is better than me. He represented Brazil for several years, keeping himself on the top and there are few people who also represent well and is on the top of the world for a long time, too."

Spoken like a true champion.

Long live the Shogun era.


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Goog- May 10, 2010 at 6:12 pm
They're just opinions, buddy. Everyone's entitled and I respect yours. I enjoy a good [supported] debate or difference of opinion, but most everything around here ends up "you suck a bag of dicks".

But I hear ya. Regardless of how he got here, Shogun is here now and if he does well, it'll be good for a division in need of some fresh faces, not fresh feces.


macreadysshack- May 10, 2010 at 5:55 pm
@ goog

PS. No homo
macreadysshack- May 10, 2010 at 5:54 pm
Goog . . . I don't think anybody's even got a real shot at beating Machida but Shogun or Jon Jones. You give Shogun 2/10 wins against Machida and I think it's closer to 6/10. Jones, I'd give 2-3/10 but that's a damn sight more than I'd give anybody else in the division, at this point.

Thanks for being so gracious, too. Tangling with you and then working it out actually brightened my day considerably, strange as that may sound.
Goog- May 10, 2010 at 5:43 pm
macreadysshack... for sure. It'll take me a couple fights to warm up to Shogun, but I do acknowledge his past accomplishments. I just don't give him instant credit now for things he did 5 years ago. I used to dislike Machida, too, but he put together a huge run recently and really won me over. Shogun seems like a humble guy and all they'll have to do is put him against Rampage to make me the biggest Rua fan in the cosmos. But he came in with little more than a reputation, looked like crap, took a loss, and beat... Liddell and Coleman? I don't think he was next for a title shot, but that's not the first or last injustice I'll see in the UFC. And if Shogun can get back to and maintain some of his old form, that'll be fun to watch.

In the meantime, I hope Machida floats at the top.


macreadysshack- May 10, 2010 at 4:23 pm
Addressing another point you made: It IS frustrating that people are so capricious - jumping on the next winner's nut sack. One of the things that sucks about Machida losing is that he had JUST FINALLY shrugged off that 'boring' label and momentum was finally building up with people respecting his ridiculous skills. I just wish he could've cemented that a little longer because people ARE so fickle. Machida's day in the sun was WAY too short.

Who knows, though. Maybe . . . The sun will come out . . . tomorrow . . .

Just want to see Machida get what he deserves: respect.
macreadysshack- May 10, 2010 at 4:16 pm
Haha, goog, I'm the one that said that the belt's a slut! Holy shit, did I have a funny comment today? Alright alright, I'll settle down now . . .

My respect for Machida borders on hugging. It's a fine line. That's what makes me so fucking impressed with Shogun. I've always liked Shogun, anyway - I felt sad that it took him so long to figure out how to adapt to whatever the hell he needed to adapt to to maximize his potential here in the States. I don't know what it was. Was it the big spectacle of the UFC? Pride was a big ass show so I kinda doubt it (haven't yet been to a UFC, tho, so I can't REALLY speak to the energy). Maybe he got his 'supplement' plan adjusted so he could perform better and not get caught. Maybe he just lost focus for awhile. I really wish I knew - what makes a fighter perform well or fall on his face is really interesting to me.

Saturday night, I watched a fight between two guys that I didn't want to see lose. I was so excited because seeing two guys at their level fighting each other is like seeing the best kung-fu movie ever made with zero dialogue or subtitles. My only regret is that it was so short. I wanted 22 minutes of it and then a CLEAR decisive finish.

I wish Randy and Rampage would drop down a few rungs, too. Let's get Jon Jones up there, Lil' Nog, Machida, Shogun . . . these men are true professional martial artists. They're not snotty nosed entitled bitches (Rampage) or guys whose time at the very top is done and should be keeping the shit out of the gate (Randy as the black knight, "None shall pass!" - that's where I think he belongs and, after his awesome career, what's wrong with that?)

No, you didn't need to be sarcastic but I don't blame you for a second. I jumped to an incorrect conclusion and then lectured you like an arrogant prick. I'm a moody sonofabitch and thats the truth. Sorry 'bout that, bro.
Goog- May 10, 2010 at 3:59 pm
@macreadysshack

No problem. I didn't need to be sarcastic, either. My bad. You're also one of the safer regulars around here.

I think they're both good fighters, but my comment was again how fast the opinions change on these guys based on one fight. It was never likely that Shogun was "gonna kill" a guy with a 15-0 record any more than Machida would kill him. Neither one could even finish the last one. I know that hype is part of the game, but I don't know why a guy racks up a record like that and goes to the back of the line after a single loss. Yeah, Machida got caught and that can happen to anyone. It'll happen to Lesnar. Everyone loses. I did resent the fact that Shogun got the immediate rematch.

And 9/10... eh... okay, 8/10. I still think Machida's style is problematic for everyone. And I, too, believe that the way they both fell played a part... just like it did for Machida knocking out T Silva. If he'd had one second to pull his knees up, it might have been a different story.

I also just don't care for the LHW picture right now. Like someone said earlier... that belt's a slut. And Randy Couture and Rampage hanging around the "top" of the division just gives me nothing to look forward to for the next year and a half.
rampageisgod- May 10, 2010 at 2:37 pm
So this guy has surgery and comes back to whoop ass, but people are still trying to defend BJ Penn's case of vaginitis? Unreal
ytrebil- May 10, 2010 at 1:50 pm
I'm not a Shogun hater by a long way! I really liked watching his old Pride videos, in fact I liked watching Pride fullstop. I am not sure why, but from a spectacle POV, I think Pride was better.

We'll see Shogun hopefully tested on his stand-up against the likes of Jones Bones and Bader.
Almost North- May 10, 2010 at 1:47 pm
Coming to FOX this fall....He's a basketball player and international celebrity.....He's a mixed martial artist with nothing to lose....they're cops......and this time....no refs


dum dum DUMMMMM


Shaqgun will be the most popular show in tv history.


Fox will cancel it after 9 episodes.
Mr_Misanthropy- May 10, 2010 at 1:32 pm
I just come here for the centerfolds....
macreadysshack- May 10, 2010 at 1:28 pm
@goog

PS. I don't know why I was such a dick to you earlier. I reread what I wrote - fucking silly.

I've seen you around here a lot and always appreciate your comments (almost always - Machida 9/10!?!?!?!).
macreadysshack- May 10, 2010 at 1:24 pm
@Goog

I thought you were talking about the comments here, not the fifth paragraph of the story (which is totally NOT 'right under the big picture at the top'). I totally misunderstood that part of what you wrote.

I definitely think TATAME's Guilherme Cruz is jumping the gun with that statement and I'd love to know who he's hearing these 'whispers' from.

I apologize for that misunderstanding. That said, you give Machida 9/10 fights with Shogun? That's just hugging. Machida's a fucking master but so is Rua.

We have some common ground, though. Ryan Bader? I mean, WTF?

BTW, I know it's a rare day that I actually write something funny. So, fuck yes I am checking this bitch . . . I do read the articles, tho.
Organ Donor- May 10, 2010 at 1:21 pm
@ccman

I read on Bloody Elbow your teary-eyed analysis of how the owner of your favorite nuts to hug, Machida, lost the fight. So I'm wondering how pissing on Shogun makes your boy look better?
LastEmperor- May 10, 2010 at 1:17 pm
He did look a little flabby..
Mr_Misanthropy- May 10, 2010 at 1:10 pm
I'd buy crack from Shaq, but only if he autographed the rocks first.

That would be a great team up. Shogun and Shaq could ride around on one of Shaq's big ass choppers, dispensing vigilante justice and trying not to get picked off by angry red necks a la Easyrider.
Mr_Misanthropy- May 10, 2010 at 1:07 pm
When's Seagal fighting for the belt? I think he should get the fast track into title contention based on his past accomplishments and performances. War Steven Seagal, Cock Puncher!
ccman- May 10, 2010 at 1:01 pm
Actually art, that's good tape work/preparation. Skill would have landed the hit he claims he saw over and over in the first fight.

And again... everything he has done to add props from this fight gets erased if he takes randy for first defense. Says he wants to avoid challenges, not seek them out. Makes the champ monikor lose all weight ala mayweather-esque.
Goog- May 10, 2010 at 1:01 pm
@ Macreadysshack

I can see you're in a hurry to get right to the comments section to see if anyone thought you were funny today and skipped right over the article itself, so here it is... again. Right from under the big picture at the top.

"When told by TATAME's Guilherme Cruz that there have been whispers that Rua could very well be the most dominant light heavyweight in MMA history, Shogun quickly dismissed the talk..."


Shogun landed a well timed shot. End of story. He's not gonna last.
Art Gibs- May 10, 2010 at 12:48 pm
Rua practiced that overhand right. He said that Machida's defense leaves him exposed to the exact punch that Rua used to finish the fight. That's not luck; that's skill.
Almost North- May 10, 2010 at 12:32 pm
Yeah hes doing undercover cop work down there with Shaq as we speak. Nothin says perfect cover like a 7 foot tall celebrity with a fake mustache and a Brazilian who just keeps saying, "I'd like to thank all the fans" and then lapsing into Portuguese over and over. I'd buy drugs from them.
Mr_Misanthropy- May 10, 2010 at 12:22 pm
@ Almost North (mid-latitudes?)

Oh, thanks for clearing that up for me. Does that mean he's going to get deputized in Jefferson Parish and get to patrol the streets for hop-heads and crackies? I've heard that everyone Steven Seagal dragon punches only come back to life so he can be their Sensei.

Is elentius "thisradinjun" spelled backwards? He's going to get himself a U (unsatisfactory) in "plays well with others on the playground". Child psychologists have field days with that shit.
Almost North- May 10, 2010 at 12:07 pm
Shogun is a Japanese fighter who won the Asian version of TUF called PRIDE, but then he died after being dragon punched by Steven Seagal in a bar and his reanimated corpse got choked out by Forrest Griffin, who is the greatest and most underrated fighter of all time. He isn't very popular over here though cause he has love handles, only speaks Japanese, and he buys his fight gear from a used panty vending machine in Tokyo
ReX13- May 10, 2010 at 12:02 pm
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Mr_Misanthropy- May 10, 2010 at 11:59 am
Little did we know Shogun won the fight by crushing the juice from his own appendix and then consuming it after the weigh ins.
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