With the announcement a month of Mauricio”Shogun” Rua’s successful shoulder surgery, the Brazilian superstar has continued his legacy of being a mixed martial arts (MMA) medical marvel. It’s beyond obvious that Shogun is injury prone. However, with the amount of punishment he’s received, many may consider it amazing that’s he’s not only still alive to talk about it continues fighting professionally at the maximum level on the biggest point to this day. During Shogun’s storied 30+ struggle MMA career, he has faced countless setbacks via 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 is obviously more than just another minor setback to his legendary career, as it’s serious enough that will not see him compete again until early 2016. At just 33 decades of age, it looks like a normal process on the surface. But to many fans, this is just another reason to create a declaration that Shogun’s best days as a fighter are clearly behind him. Maybe even he needs to retire. The most difficult issue concerning the Shogun scenario is that he is not even that old, although struggle years are a completely different story. IMG_1693 Many pundits accredit the overwhelming accumulation of harm to a combo of both his times sparring with the mythical Chute Boxe Academy and into the grueling losses he has accumulated inside the Octagon. There’s 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 many think Shogun is well past his prime? This report provides a brief medial synopsis of the harms the former UFC light heavyweight champion has accrued during his days as an expert fighter to further illustrate the determining as to when a fighter is possibly past his prime, and to prove a fighter being close retirement isn’t solely dependant on age demographics. Shogun’s knees have faced more wear and tear than almost any fighter presently on the UFC roster with the exclusion of Dominick Cruz. The Brazilian injured his anterior cruciate ligament training for his fight with Forrest Griffin in UFC 76. Trying to fight with injury, he pulled out the ligament completely through the ensuing battle. The injury required surgery to fix and hundreds of hours of rehab. Upon rehabbing the lame leg for many months, he returned to training and sadly completely blew out his ACL. Another surgery and rehab regimen kept him on the sidelines before his UFC 93 bout with Mark Coleman that was nearly a year and a half following the fight with Griffin. While training for a rematch against Lyoto Machida, he once more injured his knee but against doctors orders, he proceeded to fight . Despite winning in convincing manner, the cause foIMG_1695r party was curtailed by Rua’s requirement for immediate operation. Because of this it would be just over 10 months afterwards before enthusiasts would see him create his Octagon return against Jon Jones. It was a fight that not only finished his title reign in devastating fashion but one in which 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 again. And then it happened once again for good measure. The surgical fix count required to fix his knees quickly required three major surgeries in less than three decades. However it must be noted that history had shown us MMA fans that Shogun can’t blame those injuries alone for hindering his fantasies of getting a UFC champion. Despite being plagued by the injury bug for a second time, Shogun went to be UFC champion, however short the title reign was. Unfortunately, it is doubtful this time about that Shogun will reclaim his glory days of times ago. As fans, we all hope he gets beyond these newest injury woes to develop into a contender once more. But as handicappers we have to take this as another indication that he is not capable of contending with the division’s elite.
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