UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is recovering from successful surgery on his knee, but won’t return to action until March 2011, UFC President Dana White announced at Thursday’s UFC 116 pre-fight press conference.
“Shogun’s great, his knee’s coming along great,” White said. “It’s all good.”
Former light heavyweight champ Rashad Evans earned a 205-pound title shot with his May win over Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and is expected be the first challenger for Rua, who won the title with a first-round KO of Lyoto Machida in May.
Pictured: Mauricio “Shogun” Rua