Former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua was supposed to headline UFC Fight Night Japan against Ovince St. Preux.
However, a short time before the event, the Brazilian was forced to withdraw due to a knee injury that occurred during training.
Rua has already had both knees operated on multiple times before and the fighter just had another operation done on his injured left knee.
The former light heavyweight champion provided fans with an update through 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!
There is currently no timeframe as to when Rua is expected by in the Octagon, but fans shouldn’t expect to see him competed until sometime in mid-2018 at the earliest.
When he does make his Octagon return, it may come against Ovince St. Preux, who has already expressed an interest in fighting Shogun upon his return.