UFC News: Shogun Re-Injures Knee, Dropped From Fight With Chuck Liddell

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The UFC has announced that Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will undergo knee surgery to repair an injury suffered in training for his fight with Chuck Liddell at UFC 85. A new opponent is expected.

“Scheduled to make his return to the Octagon this June against Chuck Liddell at UFC 85 in London, light heavyweight star Mauricio “Shogun” Rua has instead been forced to withdraw from the bout due to a ruptured ACL in his left knee, the same injury he had surgery on to repair last October after his UFC 76 fight with Forrest Griffin……Liddell’s opponent for UFC 85, which will be held at London’s O2 Arena on June 7th, will be announced shortly. “

Liddell’s vs. Shogun A Possibly?

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In a recent interview with Sports Illustrated, former UFC light heavyweight champion Chuck Liddell stated that his next opponent is likely Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.

SI.com: Just trying to throw you off your game. So what’s next for you? Have you been told your next opponent?

Liddell: Possibly Mauricio “Shogun” Hua. That’s what they’re saying. If it’s the June fight, it will probably be in London. But my trainer is trying to get it moved to Vegas. Too far. (Liddell is based in San Luis Obispo, Calif.)

UFC 84: Shogun Returns

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In a recent interview with GracieMag, Mauricio “Shogun” Rua has stated that he will return to the cage April 19 at UFC 84 in Montreal, Canada.

An opponent to face Rua is not yet known.

Shogun recently underwent knee surgery following his devastating loss to Forrest Griffin at UFC 76.

“We decided everyone would stay in Curitiba. My brother (Murilo Ninja) had already bought his ticket, but decided to stay. The two of us and Dida (Andre) will stay and we’ll open our own gym, called UDL (Universidade da Luta). The team looks promising; we already have around 15 fighters with us. I went back to heavy training today and we’re training muay thai with Mauricio Veio and physical conditioning with Moralez. We’re looking for a Jiu-Jitsu coach for our groundwork, but for the time being we’re training among ourselves,”

“I’m already preparing for my return, I’ll fight on April 19th. Ninja and Dida go back in March. I’m injury free and with none of the pains in my knee that bothered me so, I’ll devote my entire day to fighting and I’ll be 100%. I’ll do my best to give back to my fans.”