Mauricio “Shogun” Rua Undergoes Surgery, Out Until 2016


Former UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua revealed on his Instagram account that he underwent right shoulder surgery this past Sunday in Brazil.

Rua would mention that he will be out of action until 2016.

“I had surgery on my right shoulder this past Sunday in Sao Paulo, with my orthopedist Dr. Daniel Delaquilla, and everything went well,” Rua as having posted on his Facebook wall and on his Instagram account, Wed.

“I already did the ‘post-surgery’ appointment yesterday, Tuesday, and we are already taking care of my recovery to be back strong, ‘good as new’, early next year.”

Mauricio Rua (23-10) is currently on a three-fight losing streak. In his six bouts, he’s 2-4. He lost back-to-back fights to Alexander Gustafsson at UFC on Fox 5 by unanimous decision and then to Chael Sonnen at UFC Fight Night 26 by first-round guillotine choke. He beat James Te Huna at first-round knockout at UFC Fight Night 33 but then lost another back-to-back bouts. He lost to Dan Henderson at UFC Fight Night 28 by third-round TKO and then to Ovince St. Preux at UFC Fight Night 56 by first-round knockout. He beat Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 190 by unanimous decision.

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Looking ahead, Rua already has a fight lined up if he wants it. Former UFC light heavyweight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson (36-11) is fresh off a win over Fabio Maldonado by unanimous decision at the UFC 186 event and is now looking to fight Rua, which he has called out Twice on Instagram.

Rua looked great in his fight at UFC 190 so it will be interesting to see how this surgery affects his fighting style.