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Shogun Sidelined Indefinitely After Undergoing His Third Knee Surgery in the Past Three Years

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Dana White told MMAJunkie today that the UFC’s light heavyweight belt may be put on ice for a good portion of 2010 as champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua recovers from a recent knee surgery to repair an injury incurred during his fight with Lyoto Machida at UFC 113 last month.

"He just got out of the hospital; it was a successful surgery," White said. "He had the surgery in [Los Angeles], and he’s going to be doing all his therapy in (Las) Vegas. So he’ll be in Vegas for the next five weeks."

Despite reports by MMA Live that the Universidade de Luta fighter had incurred the injury training for the bout, the UFC president asserts that the injury definitely happened during the fight.

Rua first injured his anterior cruciate ligament training for his fight with Forrest Griffin at UFC 76, and he blew out the ligament during the fight. The injury required surgery to correct and after rehabbing the lame leg for several months, he completely blew out his ACL while training. Another surgery and rehab regimen kept him on the sidelines until his UFC 93 bout with Mark Coleman nearly a year and a half after the fight with Griffin.

Hopefully his recovery goes more smoothly than the last time around or we may see an interim title bout or two before we see the Brazilian champion back in the Octagon. It would also be a shame to have him come back too early and put on a lackluster performance like he did against Griffin and Coleman, especially as a champion.

Unless your last name is Couture, ring rust can be a real bitch.

Just to give you some perspective on how long Rua could potentially be out of commission: UFC lightweight Joe Lauzon suffered a complete tear of his ACL in his Fight Night bout with Jeremy Stephens last February and didn’t fight for 11 months. Granted, Lauzon had a complete graft done to his ACL using a cadaver ligament, but chances are if Rua’s knee is as unstable and injury prone as it is, he may have required a similar surgery.

Although White’s statement that Shogun is only doing five weeks of therapy may be an indicator that the injury was a minor one or that it’s possibly not even related to his repeatedly troublesome joint, it could also be a red herring. In any case, Rashad Evans will likely have to wait for his promised shot at Rua’s belt until the champion recovers.

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atoastymonster- October 30, 2010 at 10:35 am
Your body can't reject cadaver ligaments retard. It isn't living tissue. The problem with them failing more is that you need more time to rehab before getting back into sports. So people go back too early and re-tear their acl and think it was because they had an allograft.
Come Mierda- June 11, 2010 at 4:52 pm
Nice tits!
ProfessorMMA- June 11, 2010 at 12:23 pm

ive had the same surgery done on my right knee. it was a grueling process and due to being sidelined for so long i ended up putting on 40 - 50 pounds. the post surgery 24 hours was one of the more painful things i have ever experienced as well. and injury like that is a life changer and his knee will likely never be 100%
Payday- June 11, 2010 at 7:57 am
"They call me Mr. Glass..."
Run Forest Run- June 11, 2010 at 5:51 am
I say just do like little league and give everybody belts. Then that solves the injury layoff problems and gives dana the excuse to overhype EVERY fight. Everyone wins!
Clyde- June 11, 2010 at 5:13 am
Oh for fucks sake. I was really hoping to see what a healthy Shogun can do.
failingev0lution- June 10, 2010 at 10:36 pm
Ryan Bader for interim President, with Jon Jones as Vice President.
fatbellyfrank- June 10, 2010 at 10:35 pm
Meanwhile, Matt Hamill and Keith Jardine impatiently pace the room, awaiting the message that will tell them their match up has been elevated to #1 contenders fight.
ghostboner- June 10, 2010 at 9:33 pm
Yes, he did mount him very aggressively...
Paladin114- June 10, 2010 at 9:17 pm
I can only figure that either this injury is minor, and it happened while getting taken down or stuffing a take down, or, if it's major, it came as a result of mounting Machida too aggressively and slamming his knee into the mat.

Either way, total bummer for Shogun, and I say it as a Machida fan. And while I'm sure they're putting together plans for an interim title match, why not do the opposite? Let the LHW ranks sort themselves out for a little while. Right now, I think that despite his loss to Mauricio, Machida is still the #2 LHW in UFC. So while I understand that he's got no shot at an interim title, coming off the loss of the actual belt, who else really has a shot? Evans, sure, but who would he fight?

By the way, if Anderson Silva ever wanted to stick his nose into the LHW ranks, this would be the time to do it. The number one headband is effectively vacated, and the number two headband won't be able to fight anybody.
KarmaAteMyCat- June 10, 2010 at 8:58 pm
Ryshad evans can go fight someone else and use the whole Lay and pray theory... Hmm. I have this awesome idea. Jon Jones vs Ryshad evans. YAH.
fatbellyfrank- June 10, 2010 at 8:37 pm
Yeah, this blows, I was looking forward to him savaging some fuckers, now what Rashad as interim,? fuck
Sjsurf- June 10, 2010 at 8:22 pm
Seeing Shogun in a hospital bed more than destroying opponents crushes my soul
RPS13- June 10, 2010 at 8:16 pm
man this sucks test tickles
Mr_Misanthropy- June 10, 2010 at 8:12 pm
He probably injured his knee falling during Machida's trip-takedowns. This eats donkey ass. I just hope he makes a full recovery and comes back someday 100%.

I feel like he was just starting to get his sea-legs back under him and he was about to go on the warpath.
roughouse- June 10, 2010 at 8:01 pm
WTF?! The fight lasted like ten seconds...I guess he couldn't afford to take time off until he was CHAMPION OF THE WORLD.. Fuck. Guess we'll have another interim champ and some bullshit hype to a fight that means nothing. Fuck.
justscrappin- June 10, 2010 at 7:28 pm
Yeah...and Lil Nog didnt look very impressive in his victory.
fACE7biter- June 10, 2010 at 7:09 pm
Can Dana really afford to put the light heavyweight title on hold? I hope he just jumps right to an interim title fight, and let Shogun come back when ready. Obviously Rashad would make for one half of a potential interim title fight, but who would he fight? Almost everybody else in the division is coming off a loss, or doesn't even have 2 consecutive wins. And unfortunately, Jon Jones would probably be out of the questoin because him and Rashad are teammates.
Emopinata- June 10, 2010 at 7:01 pm
p.s his nipples are oddly large for his body
Emopinata- June 10, 2010 at 6:58 pm
rashad as interm? cant wait.. -_- sigh
bubbajoe53- June 10, 2010 at 6:41 pm
So at what moment did he blow his knee? When he mounted him and knocked him the F":? out...
ccman- June 10, 2010 at 6:20 pm
Is it me or is this the most common pose we see Rua in?

Its like chucks hang lose or a diaz in cuffs.
tramadoc- June 10, 2010 at 6:15 pm
Any orthopedic surgeon worth his weight in salt would have told Lauzon to use an autograft. The allograft using a cadaver ligament is notorious for failing. It seems that it doesn't "turn" into a ligament like it should. It's almost as if the body rejects it. The gold standard is the bone-tendon-bone patellar tendon autograft like I had.
tramadoc- June 10, 2010 at 6:08 pm
I've had both of my ACL's repaired using my own tendon. They performed both using patellar tendon autografts. They cut out the center third of the patellar tendon with a chip of bone on each end. After that they drill through the femur and through the tibia. The harvested tendon is then pulled through the tunnel and fastened on each end with a bone screw. It leaves you with a 4-6 inch scar running vertically on the front of your knee. The rehab is 6-9 months. This is rehab with no rolling/wrestling or MMA of any type.

To put this in perspective, Wes Welker of the New England Patriots injured his knee the first week of January and he is on track to return to the Patriots by the season opener. 9 months. I didn't start doing jiu-jitsu again until 9 months post surgery. You need to get the quad/hamstring back to full strength or you risk injuring the new ACL. An ACL injury is nothing to screw around with. I speak from experience.
2DaDeath- June 10, 2010 at 6:00 pm
Damn. The only guy to take out Machida is sidelined indefinitely. I think I'm gonna go back to watchin wrasslin.