Together with the announcement a month of Mauricio”Shogun” Rua’s powerful shoulder surgery, the Brazilian legend has continued his legacy of being a mixed martial arts (MMA) medical marvel. It is beyond evident that Shogun is injury prone. But with the total amount of punishment he has received, many might consider it amazing that’s he’s not just still alive to talk about it but continues fighting professionally at the highest level on the biggest point to this day. Throughout Shogun’s storied 30+ struggle MMA career, he’s faced countless setbacks via the much-maligned MMA Injury Bug. IMG_1702
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Is the shoulder surgery the result of the essential maintainance when it is comes to fighting, or of a washed up fighter? It is definitely more than just another minor setback to his already legendary career, since it’s serious enough that will not see him compete again till early 2016. At just 33 years old, it seems 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 most difficult issue concerning the Shogun situation 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 harm to a combo of his days sparring with the mythical Chute Boxe Academy and to the grueling losses he’s gathered inside the Octagon. There’s no doubt that Shogun’s time as an expert mixed Martial Artist has taken it’s toll on him . It remains to be seen what the cost have been in association with winning those four UFC”Fight of the Night” performance bonuses. Is they to blame for why so many think Shogun is well beyond his prime? This article gives a brief medial synopsis of the harms the former UFC light heavyweight champion has accrued through his days as a professional fighter to further illustrate the ascertaining as to when a fighter is potentially past his prime, and also to prove that a fighter being near retirement isn’t entirely dependant on age demographics. Shogun’s knees alone have confronted more wear and tear than 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 at UFC 76. Attempting to fight injury, he pulled out the fascia completely during the ensuing battle. The injury required surgery to fix and countless hours of rehab. Upon rehabbing the lame leg for many months, he returned to instruction and sadly completely blew out his ACL. Another surgery and rehabilitation regimen kept him on the sidelines before his UFC 93 bout with Mark Coleman that was almost a year and a half following the fight with Griffin. While training for a rematch from Lyoto Machida, he once again injured his knee against physicians orders, he went on to fight anyways. Despite winning in convincing manner, the origin foIMG_1695r party was curtailed by Rua’s need for immediate operation. Because of this it might be just over 10 months later before fans would see him make his Octagon reunite against Jon Jones. It was a struggle which not only ended his title reign in catastrophic fashion but one where 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 again for good measure. The surgical fix count needed to fix his knees immediately required three big surgeries in less than three years. However it must be mentioned that history had shown us MMA fans that Shogun can not blame these harms alone for hindering his fantasies of getting a UFC winner. Despite being plagued by the injury bug for a second time, Shogun went to be UFC winner, however short the name reign was. Regrettably, it’s doubtful this time about that Shogun will recover his glory times of times ago. As fans, most of us hope he gets beyond these latest injury woes to develop into a contender once again. However as handicappers we must take this as another indication he is not capable of contending with the division’s elite.
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