Rejoice! Shogun’s coach has announced that the new light heavyweight champ’s knee is recovering from it’s third recent re-gluing faster than anticipated – he’ll be back in 8 months instead of 9!
“Off the top of my head, I think of the Superbowl card in February, but this is something that could change depending on his recovery schedule and the UFC’s business schedule,” said Alonso. “But the way things are going right now, I can tell you that he’ll be ready sooner than expected.”
Alonso said Rua injured his left knee during his first-round knockout victory over Lyoto Machida at UFC 113 last May in Montreal. “It was precisely on the second takedown where he tried to take down Machida and Machida stuffed it and ended up on top,” said Alonso.
Rua had previously undergone surgery on his torn left ACL in September 2007, following a disastrous promotional debut against former 205-pound champion Forrest Griffin at UFC 76 in Anaheim, Calif. Rua also had a follow-up operation on the same knee in 2008. “The first time he injured his knee was in training, and maybe from years of training, before the Forrest Griffin fight,” said Alonso. “He opted to fight with the injury and ended up having surgery right after. We don’t comment on it very often because we don’t like to take anything away from Forrest.”
So this isn’t really much different news than what we knew already, but if MMA sites didn’t retread stuff like this with minor changes whenever there are slow news days, you might have to leave your computer, go outside, and say “What the fuck is that giant yellow ball of fire in the sky? Hiss! Me no likey!” I guess it’s also nice to know that the recovery is going well and Mauricio’s leg doesn’t bend backwards or make soggy crunchy noises with every step. That’ll take at least 5 or 6 sprawls.