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    Shogun out until March 2011


    The next fight for the light heavyweight title in the UFC will pit champion Mauricio "Shogun" Rua against top contender Rashad Evans, but it looks like that fight will have to wait until 2011.

    UFC president Dana White, who said after Shogun's fight with Lyoto Machida that he was undergoing knee surgery, says that the champion is recovering well, but is likely out until next year.

    "Shogun's great, his knee's coming along great, it's all good," said White. "He probably won't fight till next March."

    Putting the fight back until March also puts Evans on the shelf for the rest of 2010, assuming the UFC wants to leave him as the top contender, while the rest of the division sorts itself out.

    A rumored match-up between Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira was reported on Wednesday, but White put water on that fire saying they've made no decisions regarding the next round of fights for those involved.

    The UFC president alluded to Jackson's continued work with promoting the "A-Team" movie overseas. Decisions will be made after he returns.

    Other contenders like Lyoto Machida, Forrest Griffin, and Rich Franklin will continue to battle it out and by the time Rua and Evans do go to battle, a new top dog in the division should be sorted out.
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    It was a knee reconstruction. Not sure if its the same knee he has already had done twice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EVILADAMS View Post
    It was a knee reconstruction. Not sure if its the same knee he has already had done twice.
    I believe so, and if he needed reconstruction after a seemingly hapless and relatively short fight, imagine what he would need if he were in a battle. This looks suspect on his longevity as champion.
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    Quote Originally Posted by VolcomX311 View Post
    I believe so, and if he needed reconstruction after a seemingly hapless and relatively short fight, imagine what he would need if he were in a battle. This looks suspect on his longevity as champion.
    From what I read, it said he was having knee trouble going into the machida fight.
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    Quote Originally Posted by EVILADAMS View Post
    From what I read, it said he was having knee trouble going into the machida fight.
    Sadly though, for Shogun, that's a bit of a blanket statement and has been a consistent fact since his first ACL tear. I hope Shogun stays on top as long as possible and I don't really want to see Machida back on top, but we'll see how Shogun's knee behaves in the future.
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    Here is some more info. Left ACL. Thats the same knee as before.

    http://www.fiveknuckles.com/mma-news...l-weekend.html
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