THE MMA INJURY BUG: MAURICIO ‘SHOGUN’ RUA

Together with the announcement last 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’s beyond obvious that Shogun is injury prone. But with the amount of punishment he’s received, many may consider it amazing that is he is not only still alive to discuss it but continues fighting professionally in the highest level on the biggest stage to this day. Throughout Shogun’s storied 30+ struggle MMA career, he has faced countless setbacks via the much-maligned MMA Injury Bug. IMG_1702
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Is the shoulder surgery the result of the necessary maintainance when it is comes to fighting, or of a washed up fighter? It is definitely more than just another slight setback to his already legendary career, since it’s serious enough that will not see him compete again until early 2016. At just 33 years of age, it seems like a regular process on the surface. However, to a lot of fans, this is just another reason to make a declaration that Shogun’s best days as a fighter are clearly behind him. Perhaps even that he should retire. The toughest issue concerning the Shogun scenario is that he is not even that old, but fight years are a completely different story. IMG_1693 Many pundits accredit the overwhelming accumulation of harm to a combo of both his days sparring with the mythical Chute Boxe Academy and into the grueling losses he has gathered inside the Octagon. There is no doubt the Shogun’s time as an expert blended Martial Artist has taken it’s toll on him . It remains to be seen exactly what the price are in association with winning those four UFC”Fight of the Night” performance bonuses. Is they to blame for why so many believe Shogun is well past his prime? This report provides a brief medial synopsis of the harms the former UFC light heavyweight champion has accrued through his days as an expert fighter to further illustrate the determining as to when a fighter is possibly past his prime, and to prove that a fighter being close retirement isn’t solely dependant on age demographics. Shogun’s knees have faced more wear and tear compared to almost any fighter presently 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 at UFC 76. Trying to fight injury, he pulled out the fascia completely during the ensuing battle. The injury required surgery to correct and countless hours of rehab. Upon rehabbing the helpless leg for many months, he returned to training 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 nearly a year and a half after the fight with Griffin. While training for a rematch against Lyoto Machida, he once more 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 requirement for immediate surgery. Because of this it might be just over 10 months afterwards before fans would see him create his Octagon return against Jon Jones. It was a struggle that not only finished his title reign in devastating 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 occurred once again for good measure. The surgical repair count required to fix his knees quickly required three big surgeries in under three years. However it must be noted that history had shown us MMA fans that Shogun can not blame those injuries alone for hindering his dreams of getting a UFC winner. Despite being plagued by the injury bug for a second time, Shogun went to become UFC champion, however short the title reign was. Regrettably, it’s doubtful this time around that Shogun will reclaim his glory times of times ago. As fans, most of us hope he gets past these latest injury woes to develop into a contender once again. But as handicappers we have to take this as yet another sign he is no longer capable of competing with the division’s elite.
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