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THE MMA INJURY BUG: MAURICIO ‘SHOGUN’ RUA

Together with the announcement last month of Mauricio »Shogun » Rua’s successful shoulder surgery, the Brazilian superstar has continued his legacy of becoming a mixed martial arts (MMA) medical marvel. It’s beyond obvious that Shogun is injury prone. However, with the amount of punishment he’s obtained, many might consider it amazing that’s he is not just still alive to talk about it but continues fighting professionally at the highest level on the biggest stage to this day. During Shogun’s storied 30+ fight MMA career, he has confronted countless setbacks through the much-maligned MMA Injury Bug. IMG_1702
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Is the shoulder operation the result of the necessary maintainance when it is comes to battling, or of a washed up fighter? It’s definitely more than just another slight setback to his legendary career, since it is serious enough that will not see him compete again till early 2016. At just 33 decades of age, it looks like a regular process on the surface. However, to a lot of fans, this is just one more reason to make a declaration that Shogun’s best days as a fighter are obviously behind him. Perhaps even he should retire. The toughest issue concerning the Shogun situation is that he is not even that old, although fight years are a very different story. IMG_1693 Many pundits accredit the overwhelming accumulation of harm to a combination of his times sparring with the mythical Chute Boxe Academy and to the grueling losses he has accumulated inside the Octagon. There is not any doubt that Shogun’s time as an expert blended Martial Artist has taken it’s toll on him . It was seen exactly what the price are in association with winning those four UFC »Fight of the Night » performance bonuses. Can they blame for why so many think Shogun is well past his prime? This article gives a brief lateral synopsis of the injuries the former UFC light heavyweight champion has accrued during his days as a professional fighter to further illustrate the determining as to if a fighter is potentially past his prime, and also to prove a fighter being close retirement isn’t solely dependant on age demographics. Shogun’s knees alone have faced more wear and tear than almost any fighter currently on the UFC roster with the exception of Dominick Cruz. The Brazilian first injured his anterior cruciate ligament training for his fight with Forrest Griffin at UFC 76. Attempting to fight with injury, he pulled out the ligament completely during the ensuing battle. The injury required surgery to fix and hundreds of hours of rehab. Upon rehabbing the helpless leg for many weeks, he returned to training and sadly completely blew out his ACL. Another surgery and rehabilitation regimen kept him on the sidelines until 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 but 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. As a result it would be just over 10 months afterwards before fans would see him create his Octagon reunite against Jon Jones. It was a fight which not only ended his title reign in catastrophic fashion but one where the fighter looked 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 needed to repair his knees quickly required three major surgeries in under three decades. However it has to be mentioned that history had shown us MMA fans that Shogun can’t blame these 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 be UFC champion, however brief the name reign was. Regrettably, it is doubtful this time about that Shogun will recover his glory times of times past. As fans, most of us hope he gets past these latest injury woes to develop into a contender once again. However as handicappers we must take this as another sign that he is no longer capable of competing with the division’s elite.
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