Well, being sidelined for a year and a half, and having two major knee surgeries in a row, certainly didn’t help. It’s tough to come back, and I think I felt it. But, with that said, that’s in the past and I don’t want to give excuses, as I would rather work to improve…A lot of people complained about that, thinking it wasn’t nice to me to have me fighting Chuck so close to my comeback fight. I don’t think that way because I believe that gives me a chance to keep training, keep focused and keep getting the rhythm back. It takes a while for you to be able to train full force after the sort of surgery I had on my knee, so I see fighting in April again as a good thing.

–Mauricio “Shogun” Rua telling MMA Fanhouse that he’s working to return to form for his upcoming fight against Chuck Liddell this weekend at UFC 97.

Video courtesy of BadBoyMMA.com.