Mauricio "Shogun" Rua will be looking to finish up his last set of medical exams before training once again full-time. Shogun was in the operating room having a knee surgery a few months ago and he has been in therapy for quite some time now. The Chute Boxing superstar is anxious to make his UFC return no matter who his next opponent will be.
The former PrideFC light heavyweight contender entered the octagon to face Forrest Griffin during his UFC debut at UFC 76-Knockout. Although he was considered the #1 light heavyweight fighter at the time, he wasn’t able to surpass Griffin who now currently holds the UFC championship belt around his waist. There were rumors stating that Shogun fought with an injured knee when he faced Griffin. Whether or not those statements were true, Shogun did indeed undergo an intense surgery that has left him sidelined since September of 2007. In a recent interview with Shogun, he talks about the condition of his knee, his training and when he thinks he’ll make his next UFC return.
Here’s the snip from Shogun:
“My knee is very good, thanks to God…I was going to begin my
hard training this week but I spoke to my doctor and he decided to make the
exams this week. I have been doing boxing and physical training, and I think
next week I will return to jiu-jitsu and gradually train more. I will train
hard to face anyone. I had a defeat in my debut and I can’t choose my opponent.
It is not settled yet, but I expect to return on December, it’s better for me.”