THE MMA INJURY BUG: MAURICIO ‘SHOGUN’ RUA

  • 13 Sep, 2019

With the announcement a month of Mauricio”Shogun” Rua’s successful shoulder surgery, the Brazilian superstar has continued his legacy of being a mixed martial arts (MMA) medical marvel. It’s beyond evident that Shogun is injury prone. But with the total amount of punishment he has received, many may consider it amazing that’s he’s not just still alive to talk about it but continues fighting professionally in the maximum level on the biggest point to this day. During Shogun’s storied 30+ fight MMA career, he has confronted countless setbacks through the much-maligned MMA Injury Bug. IMG_1702 Image Made by Shayne Smith Is the shoulder surgery the result of the essential maintainance when it’s comes to battling, or of a washed up fighter? It is obviously more than just another minor setback to his legendary career, as it’s serious enough that will not see him contend till early 2016. At just 33 decades of age, it looks like a regular process on the surface. However, to many fans, this is just one more reason to make a statement that Shogun’s best days as a fighter are clearly behind him. Perhaps even that he should retire. The most difficult issue concerning the Shogun situation is that he’s not even that old, but fight years are a completely different story. IMG_1693 Many pundits accredit the overwhelming accumulation of damage to a combination 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 the Shogun’s time as a professional mixed Martial Artist has taken it’s toll on him physically. It remains to be seen what the price have been in association with winning those four UFC”Fight of the Night” performance bonuses. Can they blame for why so many believe Shogun is well beyond his prime? This report gives a brief medial synopsis of the harms the former UFC light heavyweight champion has accrued through his times as an expert fighter to further illustrate the ascertaining as to when a fighter is potentially past his prime, and to prove that a fighter being near retirement is not solely dependant on age demographics. Shogun’s knees have confronted more wear and tear compared to almost any fighter presently 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. Attempting to fight with injury, he pulled out the ligament completely during the ensuing fight. The injury required surgery to correct and countless hours of rehabilitation. Upon rehabbing the helpless leg for several months, he returned to training 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 that was almost a year and a half after the fight with Griffin. While training for a rematch from Lyoto Machida, he once more injured his knee against doctors orders, he proceeded to fight anyways. Despite winning in convincing fashion, the origin foIMG_1695r party was curtailed by Rua’s need for immediate surgery. As a result it would be just over 10 months later before enthusiasts would see him make 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 looked to be a shell of his former self for the very first time. To put it simply, his knee imploded. And then it happened again. And then it happened once again for good measure. The surgical repair count required to fix his knees immediately required three major surgeries in less than three years. However it must be mentioned that history had shown us MMA fans that Shogun can’t blame those injuries alone for hindering his dreams of becoming a UFC champion. Despite being plagued by the injury bug for a second time, Shogun went to be UFC champion, however short the name reign was. Regrettably, it is 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 more. But as handicappers we have to take this as yet another indication he is no longer capable of contending with the division’s elite. Disclaimer: This page includes affiliate links and MMA Odds Breaker is going to be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on the hyperlinks. Read more: indycarracingnews.com

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Bruce E. Brown has spent over 35 years as a teacher, coach, athletic administrator at the junior high, high school, junior college and collegiate level. He has coached football, basketball, baseball, and volleyball. Bruce and his team assists individuals, teams and organizations intentionally create, change or restore a culture of excellence and reach their full potential in both competence and character.
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