Together with the announcement a month of Mauricio”Shogun” Rua’s successful shoulder surgery, the Brazilian legend has continued his legacy of becoming a mixed martial arts (MMA) medical marvel. It is beyond obvious that Shogun is injury prone. But with the amount of punishment he’s obtained, many might consider it amazing that’s he is not only still alive to talk about it but continues fighting professionally in the highest level on the greatest point for this day. During Shogun’s storied 30+ struggle MMA career, he’s confronted countless setbacks through the much-maligned MMA Injury Bug. IMG_1702
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Is the shoulder surgery the end result of the essential maintainance when it’s comes to battling, or of a washed up fighter? It’s obviously more than just another minor setback to his already legendary career, since it is serious enough that will not see him contend until early 2016. At just 33 decades of age, it looks like a normal procedure on the surface. However, to a lot of fans, this is just another reason to create a declaration that Shogun’s best days as a fighter are obviously behind him. Maybe even he needs to retire. The toughest issue concerning the Shogun scenario is that he’s not even that old, but fight 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 legendary Chute Boxe Academy and to the grueling losses he’s gathered inside the Octagon. There is no doubt the Shogun’s time as an expert mixed Martial Artist has taken it’s toll on him . It was seen exactly what the price have been in association with winning those four UFC”Fight of the Night” performance bonuses. Is they to blame for why so many believe Shogun is well beyond his prime? This report provides a brief lateral synopsis of the harms the former UFC light heavyweight champion has accrued during his days as an expert fighter to further illustrate the ascertaining as to if a fighter is possibly past his prime, and also to prove a fighter being close retirement is not entirely dependant on age demographics. Shogun’s knees alone have confronted more wear and tear than almost any fighter currently 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. Attempting to fight with injury, he pulled out the fascia completely through the ensuing battle. The injury required surgery to correct and hundreds of hours of rehab. Upon rehabbing the helpless leg for several months, he returned to instruction and unfortunately completely blew out his ACL. Another surgery and rehab regimen kept him on the sidelines until his UFC 93 bout with Mark Coleman which was almost a year and a half following the struggle with Griffin. While training for a rematch from Lyoto Machida, he once again injured his knee but against physicians orders, he proceeded to fight . Despite winning in convincing manner, the cause foIMG_1695r party was curtailed by Rua’s need for immediate surgery. As a result it might be just over 10 months later before fans would see him make his Octagon return against Jon Jones. It was a struggle which not only finished his title reign in devastating fashion but one where the fighter seemed to be a shell of his former self for the very first time. To put it simply, his knee imploded. And then it happened . And then it happened once more for good measure. The surgical fix count required to repair his knees immediately required three big surgeries in under three years. However it has to be noted that history had shown us MMA fans that Shogun can not blame those injuries alone for hindering his dreams of becoming a UFC champion. Despite being plagued by the injury bug for another time, Shogun went to become UFC champion, however brief the name reign was. Regrettably, it is doubtful this time around that Shogun will reclaim his glory times of times past. As fans, most of us hope he gets beyond these newest injury woes to develop into a contender once again. However as handicappers we have to take this as yet another indication that he is no longer capable of competing with the division’s elite.
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