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Sugery Will Delay Maurcio “Shogun” Rua’s First Title Defense

UFC president Dana White, his freshly minted light heavyweight champ Mauricio “Shogun” Rua has once again undergone knee surgery. Shogun’s third procedure will temporarily delay his impending scrap with former champ Rashad Evans.

“He’s got a knee problem now, and he got it fixed,” White told on Thursday. “He just got out of the hospital; it was a successful surgery. He had the surgery in [Los Angeles, CA].

“He’s gonna do all his therapy in Vegas. So he’s gonna be in Vegas for the next five weeks.”

White was unable to confirm when Shogun would return to the Octagon. Furthermore, MMAWeekly did not report if the champ had surgery on the same left knee he’s already had scoped twice.

Shogun bumped his record up to an impressive 19-4 when he knocked out Lyoto Machida at UFC 113 to capture the 205-pound crown. Evans earned his shot earlier this month by posting a mundane unanimous decision over Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 114.