THE MMA INJURY BUG: MAURICIO ‘SHOGUN’ RUA
With the announcement a month of Mauricio»Shogun» Rua’s powerful shoulder surgery, the Brazilian legend has continued his legacy of becoming a mixed martial arts (MMA) medical marvel. It is beyond evident that Shogun is injury prone. But with the amount of punishment he has received, many may consider it amazing that’s he is not just still alive to discuss it continues fighting professionally at the maximum level on the greatest stage to this day. Throughout Shogun’s storied 30+ fight MMA career, he’s faced countless setbacks via the much-maligned MMA Injury Bug. IMG_1702
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Is the shoulder operation the end result of the essential maintainance when it is comes to battling, or that of a washed up fighter? It’s definitely more than just another slight setback to his legendary career, as it’s serious enough that won’t 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 make 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 is not even that old, but struggle years are a very different story. IMG_1693 Many pundits accredit the overwhelming accumulation of damage to a combo of his times sparring with the legendary Chute Boxe Academy and into the grueling losses he has accumulated inside the Octagon. There’s no doubt that Shogun’s time as a professional blended Martial Artist has taken it’s toll on him physically. It was seen what the price are in association with winning those four UFC»Fight of the Night» performance bonuses. Can they blame for why so many believe Shogun is well past his prime? This article provides a brief lateral synopsis of the harms the former UFC light heavyweight champion has accrued during his times 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 near retirement is not solely dependant on age demographics. Shogun’s knees have faced more wear and tear than any fighter currently on the UFC roster with the exclusion of Dominick Cruz. The Brazilian first injured his anterior cruciate ligament training for his struggle with Forrest Griffin in UFC 76. Trying to fight injury, he pulled out the fascia completely through the ensuing fight. The injury required surgery to fix and hundreds of hours of rehabilitation. Upon rehabbing the helpless leg for several months, he returned to instruction 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 which was almost a year and a half following the fight with Griffin. While training for a rematch from Lyoto Machida, he once more injured his knee but against physicians orders, he went on to fight . Despite winning in convincing fashion, the origin foIMG_1695r celebration was curtailed by Rua’s need for immediate operation. As a result it might be just over 10 months later before enthusiasts would see him create his Octagon return against Jon Jones. It was a fight which not only ended his title reign in devastating fashion but one in which the fighter seemed to be a shell of his former self for the first time. To put it simply, his knee imploded. And then it happened . And then it happened once more for good measure. The surgical repair count required to fix his knees quickly required three big surgeries in less than three decades. However it must be noted that history had shown us MMA fans that Shogun can’t blame those harms alone for hindering his dreams of becoming a UFC winner. Despite being plagued by the injury bug for a second time, Shogun went on to become UFC champion, however short the title reign was. Unfortunately, it’s doubtful this time about that Shogun will recover his glory times of times past. As fans, we all hope he gets beyond these newest injury woes to develop into a contender once again. But as handicappers we must take this as yet another indication that he is not capable of competing with the division’s elite.
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