One massive right hand was all it took to end the night for Mauricio Rua at UFC Fight Night: Shogun vs Henderson 2. After dominating the majority of the first two rounds, Henderson found an opening as the two men disengaged from a clinch and landed a right that sent Shogun crashing to the canvas. The next close-up shots we saw of Shogun put into perspective exactly what happened as his nose was smashed and crooked, clearly broken.
Surgery is now the next step for the former light heavyweight champ, as reported by Fox Sports:
Rua's manager Eduardo Alonso told FOX Sports on Monday that Rua will visit a doctor on Tuesday and will have surgery within the week, possibly as early as Wednesday.
The good news for Rua is that was the extent of his injuries suffered at the end of Dan Henderson's crushing right hand.
"His only injury is a broken nose, nothing too serious," Alonso said. "Other than that, all fine."
A broken nose usually takes several weeks to heal completely, but specific recovery time is dependent upon the severity of the fracture.
This likely won't throw Shogun too far off schedule for the rest of the year, assuming there are no complications. Though, what exactly is next for him remains a mystery.