Despite rumors that he might return sooner rather than later, UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua will not be returning anytime soon following recent knee surgery, despite trying to push for a return:
“This kid keeps pushing it to get out there faster and faster. I completely respect him for that. He's an animal. I love it. But there's no way he's going to be ready by December. People keep asking why he's had so many knee surgeries. That's exactly why he's had that many knee surgeries. I doubt [there will be an interim title]. When we did the belt for Brock Lesnar, we didn't know if Brock was ever going to come back or if he'd be out for a year or two. No interim title. We know this kid is coming back. He's already had the surgery. He knows exactly the date he can come back.”
According to Yahoo Sports, White also stated that Shogun may not return until the spring or summer.