‘Shogun’ Rua Undergoes Knee Surgery, Says ‘Everything Worked Out Well’

By: Tristen Critchfield
Oct 5, 2017


Mauricio Rua recently underwent knee surgery to repair the injury that knocked him out of a rematch with Ovince St. Preux at UFC Fight Night 117, and the procedure apparently was a success.

“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!” Rua wrote on Instagram. “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!”

“Shogun” withdrew from the Sept. 22 bout after admitting that he attempted to train with “medication, protection in my knee, ice and physical therapy.” Rua last appeared at UFC Fight Night 106 on March 11, when he earned a third-round TKO victory against Gian Villante.

After St. Preux dispatched short-notice foe Yushin Okami in the UFC Fight Night 117 headliner, he expressed a desire to pursue the rematch with Rua at a later date. However, it is unclear when the 35-year-old Rua will return to the Octagon.

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!

A post shared by Shogun Rua (@shogunoficial) on Oct 4, 2017 at 5:28pm PDT

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