As the UFC scrambles to figure what to do with UFC 85 after Chuck Liddell tore his hamstring, forcing him to pull out of the main event, plans for Chuck’s comeback may already be in motion. According to Liddell and his trainer John Hackleman in a KSBY 6 Action Sports report, the Iceman’s next fight could come as soon as September, against his original UFC 85 opponent, Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua.
The big question, however, is whether Shogun would be ready for a fight in September. Prior to his debut at UFC 76 last September against Forrest Griffin, Shogun had significantly injured his knee in training. He kept the injury under wraps until after the fight, in which he lost to Griffin, and subsequently had knee surgery to correct the problem. Earlier this year, Shogun was booked to fight Liddell at UFC 85, however he reinjured the same knee last month. The injury was identified as a ruptured ACL, which required surgery again.
According to Shogun, via Sherdog.com, that surgery went well:
“The surgery was very quick, lasted 50 minutes, was quiet. Now I hope for healing and I think here in about two months I can return to training slowly, very cautiously.
“Depending on my recovery, I think that I can fight again in September or October.”
Certainly optimistic words, but his injury typically isn’t one a person recovers from in a matter of few months, as evidenced by him recent reinjury. As much as I would love to see this fight in September, I would rather wait a few months more for both athletes to be 100% healthy.
Rua, the 2005 PRIDE Middleweight Grand Prix Champion, is still young and has a bright future ahead of him. There’s no need to rush back in and risk ruining the longevity and potential of his career.
Credit to MMAMania.com for the find.