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