Rua-Evans Fight Postponed until 2011
The championship for Rua and Evans for the light heavyweight title is not due until 2011.
UFC’s Light heavyweight championship is on hold for 2011. Champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua (19-4 MMA, 3-2 UFC) who won by a knockout to Lyoto Machida last May will be out till until summer or spring of 2011.
UFC President Dana White told ESPN that he’ll be seeing former champion Rashad Evans (15-1-1 MMA, 10-1-1 UFC) when he returns to the octagon.
Rua has undergone a successful knee surgery last June which was the cause of the delay. He fought Forrest Griffin with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his octagon debut at UFC 76 and underwent surgery right after to repair the damages. Six months later, he withdrew from a scheduled fight with Chuck Liddell at UFC 85 for the same cause.
“We did this [surgery] in the United States with the best doctor in the country,” White said. “He’s recovering well, and we’re looking for mid-spring, early-summer.”
Rua was a longtime star with the now defunct PRIDE Fighting Championships. With his 3-1 loss against Griffin. The defeat came to Machida in their first fight and many in the fight industry panned the unanimous decision and felt that Rua should win. In the rematch right after 7 months he scored a knock out in no less that 1 round. This also ended the no-lose fights for his opponent.
On the other hand, Evans had another shot at the title in winning the May fight with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson at UFC 114. And he yearns to wait for the champ after all.View Article Source »