Mauricio Rua pulled out of an April 16 clash with former UFC champion Rashad Evans due to a knee injury, but is now set to take on rising light heavyweight Corey Anderson on May 14 in his home town of Curitiba, Brazil.
“Shogun”, who was announced in a new fight a week after pulling out of UFC on FOX 19, spoke with MMAFighting.com about his decision of leaving the Tampa card.
“I felt my knee two weeks ago. I thought it was nothing serious, but woke up the next day with a lot of pain and went to the doctor,” Rua said. “The doctor said I had inflammation, and since I would need to stop training for a while, the UFC and I decided it would be better to postpone the fight. They had a card in Curitiba planned for a month later, so it ended up being perfect.”
Rua will start his camp for Anderson now, but can’t perform at his best just yet.
“I will be cautious in training now because of my knee,” he said. “It doesn’t bother me that much, but it’s not 100 percent because of the inflammation. I will loosen up slowly.”
Leaving the Tampa card turned out to be a blessing in disguise after he was offered a chance to fight at the 42,000-seat Arena da Baixada soccer stadium in Curitiba, but competing in Brazil at this moment isn’t perfect.
“It was good in a way, but I was moving to California with my family, bringing everything here, so it’s a bit complicated to change plans now,” said the Brazilian, who moved to California permanently with his wife and kids to train at Kings MMA. “But we can’t control everything, it’s an injury. It’s a blessing in disguise. It’s hard because we’re moving and everything ….View full article
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