Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Shogun Could Be Ready For Superbowl Card In Feb Says Manager

UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is on the recovery path following surgery that will see him out of action until February 2011 according to his manager Eduardo Alonso:

“Off the top of my head, I think of the Superbowl card in February, but this is something that could change depending on his recovery schedule and the UFC's business schedule. But the way things are going right now, I can tell you that he'll be ready sooner than expected … But he's very anxious because he's such an active guy. He has great genetics, so his recovery is going great. The challenge for us as a team has been to hold him back and make sure he takes his time.

Alonso also tells that if the UFC were to introduce an interim title in Shogun's absence they wouldn't have a problem with that:

Honestly, we don't mind talk of interim titles, because this is the UFC's decision and not ours. Shogun has the belt and it means a lot to him and he's the legit UFC champion right now. If the UFC decides to set up an interim title for other fighters, it's not really for us to evaluate this. Each manager is really trying to push his fighter's best interests. The way we see it, unless a champion retires, the interim champion is just another contender.”