Newly-crowned UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is recovering from surgery to repair a knee injury suffered in his May victory over Lyoto Machida, delaying his first title defense against former champ Rashad Evans, UFC President Dana White announced on Thursday.
“He just got out of the hospital; it was a successful surgery,” White said, according to MMAjunkie. “He had the surgery in [Los Angeles], and he’s going to be doing all his therapy in (Las) Vegas … for the next five weeks.”
“He got hurt in the fight,” White added, responding to a report by ESPN’s MMA Live that Rua injured the knee before his matchup with Machida at UFC 113, where he scored a first-round knockout in rematch of their controversial October meeting.
Evans earned another shot at the 205-pound title with a unanimous decision over fellow former champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 114 on May 29.
Pictured: Mauricio “Shogun” Rua