by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua recently had surgery on his left knee to repair his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) according to a statement from his publicist, Julio Heller.

Dr. Mario Namba, the chief doctor for the Brazilian Gymnastic Confederation, performed the surgery. Namba has also treated Shogun’s former Chute Boxe teammate Wanderlei Silva.

“The surgery was a success,” stated Namba. “I’m following Mauricio for the last few months and this problem was identified before his last fight. As a professional, he decided to keep his agreement to fight and I respect that.

“He’s young and very strong. I’m sure that his recovery will be fast and he will be ready to fight again very soon.”

Shogun was quick to deflect the knee injury as an excuse, saying, “I know about my mistakes in the fight against Forrest. I will never use this surgery as an excuse for my loss. I have all the responsibility for the bad result.

“Now I just want to look for the future. I know that I lost the first battle, but not the ‘war’ for the UFC belt.”

It was not revealed just how long it will be before Shogun will be able to return to the Octagon, but WebMD.com indicates that a typical time frame for a return to normal activity or sports is 6 to 12 weeks.

Looking forward at the Ultimate Fighting Championship’s upcoming schedule, it is highly unlikely that Shogun would return any time before the promotion’s Super Bowl weekend event on Feb. 2 in Las Vegas.