According to UFC president Dana White, his freshly minted light heavyweight champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua has once again undergone knee surgery. Shogun’s third procedure will temporarily delay his impending scrap with former champion Rashad Evans.
“He’s got a knee problem now and he got it fixed,” White told MMAWeekly.com on Thursday afternoon. “He just got out of the hospital, it was a successful surgery. He had the surgery in [Los Angeles, CA].
“He’s gonna do all his therapy in [Las Vegas, Nevada]. So he’s gonna be in Vegas for the next five weeks.”
White was unable to confirm when Shogun would return to the Octagon. Furthermore, MMAWeekly did not report if the champ had surgery on the same left knee he’s already had scoped twice.
Shogun bumped his record up to an impressive 19-4 when he knocked out Lyoto Machida at UFC 113 en route to capturing the 205-pound crown. Evans earned his shot earlier this month by posting a mundane unanimous decision over Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 114.
The Brazilian made his Octagon debut against Forrest Griffin at UFC 76 with a ruptured left ACL (allegedly). He immediately went under the knife to repair the damage following the upset submission loss. Less than six months later, Shogun was forced to pull out of his scheduled UFC 85 bout with Chuck Liddell to have surgery on the same left knee.
There was some controversy surrounding White’s announcement, as ESPN’s MMA LIVE previously reported Shogun actually entered his May 8th title fight with his wheel already banged up. However, White went out of his way to suggest otherwise.
“He got hurt in the fight,” he emphatically stated.