Mauricio “Shogun” Rua’s first UFC title defense likely delayed by knee surgery

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Newly minted UFC light heavyweight champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua’s first title defense likely will be delayed due to a recent knee surgery.

Rua, who knocked out Lyoto Machida at UFC 113 to earn the 205-pound title, was expected to meet Rashad Evans later this year.

With Rua’s window of recovery, UFC president Dana White is unsure when the Brazilian champ will fight again.

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