Mauricio “Shogun” Rua Firing on Empty, Out Until March 2011

Written by Tom Ngo
July 2nd, 2010

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While the UFC will be hosting the biggest heavyweight scrap in their brief history when Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin meet this Saturday, the organization’s light heavyweight title won’t be defended until Mauricio “Shogun” Rua returns from this third knee surgery … in EIGHT MONTHS.

“Shogun’s great, his knee’s coming along great,” UFC president Dana White told MMAFighting after Thursday’s UFC 116 pre-fight press conference. “It’s all good.”

That being said, the Prez revealed shortly after that his newly minted champ won’t be back inside an Octagon for at least another eight months, marking his return at some point during the 2011 NCAA Tournament.

The time line White supplied yesterday is significantly skewed from what Shogun’s coach, Andre Amade, originally told Sherdog.com last month. According to Amade, they were anticipating their meal ticket would be back to training in “a couple of months.”

Former 205-pound title holder Rashad Evans earned his top contender spot after trouncing bitter rival Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 114. Unfortunately for “Sugar,” he’ll be forced to bide his time until Shogun returns fully loaded.

Rua owns an impressive 19-4 record and captured the belt at UFC 113 this past May. The striker went circa 2005 and avenged his controversial loss to Lyoto Machida at UFC 104 by handing him his first professional blemish.

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