THE MMA INJURY BUG: MAURICIO ‘SHOGUN’ RUA

With the announcement last month of Mauricio”Shogun” Rua’s successful shoulder surgery, the Brazilian legend has continued his legacy of being a mixed martial arts (MMA) medical marvel. It is beyond obvious that Shogun is injury prone. But with the total amount of punishment he’s received, many might consider it amazing that’s he is not only still alive to talk about it but continues fighting professionally in the highest level on the biggest point for this day. Throughout Shogun’s storied 30+ struggle MMA career, he has confronted countless setbacks through the much-maligned MMA Injury Bug. IMG_1702
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Is the shoulder surgery the end result of the necessary maintainance when it’s comes to battling, or that of a washed up fighter? It’s definitely more than just another minor setback to his already legendary career, since it’s serious enough that won’t see him compete again till early 2016. At just 33 years old, it seems like a regular process on the surface. However, to many fans, this is just another reason to make a statement that Shogun’s best days as a fighter are obviously behind him. Perhaps even he should retire. The most difficult issue concerning the Shogun scenario is that he’s not even that old, but fight years are a very different story. IMG_1693 Many pundits accredit the overwhelming accumulation of harm to a combination of both his days sparring with the mythical Chute Boxe Academy and into the grueling losses he has gathered inside the Octagon. There’s not any doubt that Shogun’s time as an expert mixed Martial Artist has taken it’s toll on him . 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 many think Shogun is well past his prime? This report provides a brief lateral 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 if a fighter is possibly past his prime, and also to prove that a fighter being close retirement isn’t entirely dependant on age demographics. Shogun’s knees have faced more wear and tear than almost any fighter currently on the UFC roster with the exception of Dominick Cruz. The Brazilian injured his anterior cruciate ligament training for his struggle with Forrest Griffin in UFC 76. Trying to fight with injury, he pulled out the ligament completely during the ensuing battle. The injury required surgery to correct and countless hours of rehab. Upon rehabbing the lame leg for several weeks, he returned to instruction and unfortunately completely blew out his ACL. Another surgery and rehab regimen kept him on the sidelines until 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 again injured his knee against doctors orders, he proceeded to fight . Despite winning in convincing manner, the cause foIMG_1695r party was curtailed by Rua’s need for immediate operation. As a result it might be just over 10 months afterwards before enthusiasts would see him create his Octagon reunite against Jon Jones. It was a struggle that not only finished his title reign in catastrophic fashion but one where the fighter looked 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 repair count needed to fix his knees immediately required three major surgeries in under three years. However it has to be mentioned that history had shown us MMA fans that Shogun can not blame these injuries alone for hindering his fantasies of becoming a UFC winner. Despite being plagued by the injury bug for a second time, Shogun went on to be UFC winner, however short the title reign was. Unfortunately, it is doubtful this time about that Shogun will reclaim his glory days of times past. As fans, we all hope he gets beyond these newest injury woes to become a contender once again. However as handicappers we must take this as yet another sign he is no longer capable of competing with the division’s elite.
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