“Shogun”: I burst my appendix two months before second Machida fight

May 10, 2013 10:45 am by bjpenn.com staff 18 Comments
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“I had burst my appendix two months before the fight. I recall that my team would rather I didn’t fight at the time, they wanted to rest but I said no. I was almost a month without training, in order to heal up. I had to undergo surgery but I still managed to finish the camp – and the outcome was great.”

One of the greatest light-heavyweight fighters in MMA history, Shogun Rua, explained to FightersOnly that he had appendix surgery two-months out from his second fight against Lyoto Machida!

The result?

He won the UFC’s 205lb title and gave Machida his first professional defeat in the process.

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