UFC.com’s Thomas Gerbasi on Tuesday announced that Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, the long-rumored main event opponent for Chuck Liddell at UFC 85 in London, has been forced to withdraw from the bout after suffering a ruptured ACL.
Here’s an excerpt from the UFC.com announcement:
Scheduled to make his return to the Octagon this June against Chuck Liddell at UFC 85 in London, light heavyweight star Mauricio â€œShogunâ€ Rua has instead been forced to withdraw from the bout due to a ruptured ACL in his left knee, the same injury he had surgery on to repair last October after his UFC 76 fight with Forrest Griffin.
Surgery on the injured knee will be scheduled shortly, and there is no word on when Rua will be cleared to return to the Octagon.
A replacement opponent for Liddell is expected to be announced shortly.
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