Knee injuries have been an issue for Mauricio Rua since his first fight under the UFC banner more than 10 years ago. He’s managed to compensate and work through it at different points, but it again became too much to bare.
Rua (25-10 MMA, 9-8 UFC), the former UFC light heavyweight champion, pulled out of this past month’s UFC Fight Night 117 headliner in Japan on less than two weeks’ notice. He was scheduled to rematch Ovince Saint Preux, but a problem with his left knee forced him to withdraw.
Although avoiding surgery is the preferred option for most athletes, the damage to Rua’s knee reached the point at which he had to again go under the knife. “Shogun” has had multiple surgeries on both of his knees, and the operation on Tuesday night was the latest addition to the list (via Instagram):
Galera, ontem à noite, após alguns dias me preparando com minha equipe de fisioterapia, passei por uma cirurgia no meu joelho esquerdo e graças a Deus correu tudo bem. Hoje mesmo já comecei minha recuperação, dando início à fisio pra voltar firme e forte, pronto pra próxima! Foi muito difícil pra mim ter que ficar fora de uma luta por lesão, e quero agradecer ao Dr. Gilson e ao Dr. Daniel, meus medicos, ao Eduardo meu fisioterapeuta, e toda sua equipe @grupo_sportfisio por toda a ajuda, e a vocês por todo o carinho e as mensagens de apoio. Obrigado galera! / Guys, last night I had surgery on my left knee, and thank God everything worked out well. I already started my physical therapy today, so I can get healthy soon to comeback stronger! It was very hard for me to have to step out of a fight due to injury, and I want to thank my doctors, my physical therapist and his team for all the help, and to you all for all the messages of support! Thank you!
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Guys, last night I had surgery on my left knee, and thank God everything worked out well. I already started my physical therapy today, so I can get healthy soon to comeback stronger! It was very hard for me to have to step out of a fight due to injury, and I want to thank my doctors, my physical therapist and his team for all the help, and to you all for all the messages of support! Thank you!
Rua, 35, is currently in the midst of the longest winning streak of his UFC career. He has won his past three fights, with the most recent being a third-round TKO of Gian Villante at UFC Fight Night 106 in March.
The Brazilian’s most recent defeat came in November 2014 when he suffered a stunning 34-second knockout defeat. The pair were scheduled to have their rematch before Rua, No. 12 in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA light heavyweight rankings, pulled out, but it’s clearly still a fight that he wants.
And from all indications, No. 10-ranked Saint Preux still wants it, too.
“I definitely came here to fight ‘Shogun’ and definitely want to fight ‘Shogun,'” Saint Preux said after his win in the UFC Fight Night 107 main event.
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