According to reports, UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is expected to return to training in “a couple of months” after undergoing knee surgery.
“I spoke with (Shogun just) now and he said the surgery was a success,” Andre Amade, Shogun’s coach told Sherdog.com. “He’s very happy and very excited because recovery will be faster than expected. I don’t know exactly what type of surgery it was, but his recovery will be faster than the other times.
“Shogun called me very happy with this news. In a couple of months he will be back in training.”
Amade stated the UFC assisted Shogun in finding a top physician to perform the undisclosed procedure, which took place at some point after his May 8th rematch with Lyoto Machida at UFC 113.
“During the fight, the second takedown that Shogun received from Lyoto, he felt a twinge in the knee,” said Amade. “It was precisely at that moment; you can see the video of the fight. Afterward, he decided to go to the U.S. to operate.”
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.
UFC president Dana White confirmed last week that his freshly minted 205-pound champ had surgery to repair his knee, however neither he nor Amade would confirm if Shogun had the same left wheel scoped for a third time, or if the procedure was to fix a new injury on his right knee.