Together with the announcement last month of Mauricio”Shogun” Rua’s powerful shoulder surgery, the Brazilian legend has continued his legacy of being a mixed martial arts (MMA) medical marvel. It is beyond evident that Shogun is injury prone. However, with the amount of punishment he has obtained, many might consider it amazing that is he is not just still alive to talk about it but continues fighting professionally at the maximum level on the biggest point to this day. Throughout Shogun’s storied 30+ fight MMA career, he has confronted countless setbacks via the much-maligned MMA Injury Bug. IMG_1702
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Is the shoulder surgery the result of the necessary maintainance when it is comes to battling, or that of a washed up fighter? It’s definitely more than just another slight setback to his already legendary career, as it is serious enough that will not see him contend until early 2016. At just 33 decades of age, it seems like a regular procedure on the surface. However, to many fans, this is just one more reason to create a statement that Shogun’s best days as a fighter are clearly behind him. Maybe even he should retire. The toughest issue concerning the Shogun situation is that he’s not even that old, but struggle years are a completely different story. IMG_1693 Many pundits accredit the overwhelming accumulation of harm to a combination of his times sparring with the legendary Chute Boxe Academy and to the grueling losses he’s accumulated inside the Octagon. There’s not any doubt that Shogun’s time as a professional blended Martial Artist has taken it’s toll on him physically. It was seen what the price are in association with winning those four UFC”Fight of the Night” performance bonuses. Is they to blame for why many believe Shogun is well past his prime? This article provides a brief medial synopsis of the harms the former UFC light heavyweight champion has accrued through his times as an expert fighter to further illustrate the determining as to if a fighter is potentially past his prime, and also to prove that a fighter being near retirement isn’t solely dependant on age demographics. Shogun’s knees alone have faced more wear and tear compared to almost any fighter presently on the UFC roster with the exclusion of Dominick Cruz. The Brazilian first injured his anterior cruciate ligament training for his fight with Forrest Griffin at UFC 76. Attempting to fight injury, he pulled out the fascia completely during the ensuing fight. The injury required surgery to correct and countless hours of rehab. Upon rehabbing the lame leg for several weeks, he returned to instruction and unfortunately completely blew out his ACL. Another surgery and rehabilitation regimen kept him on the sidelines before his UFC 93 bout with Mark Coleman which was nearly a year and a half following the fight with Griffin. While training for a rematch against Lyoto Machida, he once again injured his knee against physicians orders, he proceeded to fight anyways. Despite winning in convincing manner, the origin foIMG_1695r party was curtailed by Rua’s need for immediate operation. Because of this it would be just over 10 months afterwards before fans would see him create his Octagon reunite against Jon Jones. It was a fight that not only ended his title reign in catastrophic fashion but one in which the fighter seemed to be a shell of his former self for the first time. To put it simply, his knee imploded. And then it happened. And then it happened once again for good measure. The surgical fix count required to fix his knees quickly required three major surgeries in under three decades. However it must be noted that history had shown us MMA fans that Shogun can’t blame those harms alone for hindering his dreams of becoming a UFC winner. Despite being plagued by the injury bug for a second time, Shogun went to become UFC winner, however short the name reign was. Unfortunately, it’s doubtful this time around that Shogun will reclaim his glory days of times past. As fans, most of us hope he gets beyond these newest injury woes to develop into a contender once more. But as handicappers we must take this as another sign he is not capable of competing with the division’s elite.
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