“Everything is going very well ... The doctor wanted to see how my surgery went, and I was told that it’s OK. The surgery was actually a success. I’m very happy ... I will continue my rehabilitation, which has changed a bit now. I already do most of the leg, swimming, running. After a month, I think I’ll be back to train. I’m very motivated to get back to doing what I like best, which is fighting ... I must return at the beginning of next year, but I still don’t know who it’s going to be against ... Let’s see how my rehab goes. Hopefully, I’ll be back early next year. First, I want to take care of my knee and get back to 100 percent.”
UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Mauricio Rua is confident that he'll be ready for a 2011 return once he fully recovers from surgery on his left knee. Though yet to be officially announced, "Shogun" is expected to defend his title against Rashad Evans upon his return; however, that could change depending on the Brazilian's rehab schedule. Anyone think this latest surgery will affect his reign as champion?