One of the wheels has literally fallen off the Shogun war wagon again:
UFC president Dana White on Thursday revealed that Evans’ next opponent, light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, had to undergo knee surgery following his win over Lyoto Machida at UFC 113.
“He had the surgery in L.A. He’s gonna do all his therapy in Vegas. So he’s gonna be in Vegas for the next five weeks,” White told MMAWeekly.com.
There was a question, however, as to when Shogun suffered the injury.
White said, “He needed (surgery) after the fight. He got hurt in the fight.”
This isn’t the first time Shogun has hurt his knee … he was basically fighting on one leg against Forrest Griffin in his UFC debut and then had to pull out of a fight against Chuck Liddell afterwards because he tore it up again. Three surgeries basically signals to me that his knee is fucked (assuming it’s the same leg again, which is currently not confirmed – any jackals interested in playing Nancy Drew could probably figure it out using the above picture).
Having two shot knees isn’t exactly a better than just one, so whatever the situation is, it’s not good. Too many people just look at injuries as annoyances that keep fighters off cards for a few months, but when it comes to knees and spines, the repercussions can be a lot longer lasting. I think we can all agree that the post-knee injury Shogun we saw fight Griffin and Coleman was a completely different guy to the fully healed badass who fought Machida twice. Will it take another year and a half of suckage before that fighter returns?