Rua set to return early next year

Mauricio Rua is set to make his UFC comeback early next year after undergoing shoulder surgery on Sunday. 

Rua, who beat Antonio Rogerio Nogueira via unanimous decision at UFC 190 in August, has already begun planning his recovery programme. 

"I had surgery on my right shoulder this past Sunday in Sao Paulo, with my orthopedist Dr. Daniel Delaquilla, and everything went well," Rua said on his Facebook page.

"I already did the 'post-surgery' appointment yesterday, Tuesday, and we are already taking care of my recovery to be back strong, 'good as new,' early next year."

Despite the latest injury setback, the 33-year-old has no intentions of retiring as he is eyeing a fight with Quinton Jackson for the first time in more than a decade. 

Rua's last bout against Jackson came at PRIDE Total Elimination in April 2005, where the Brazilian claimed victory via TKO in the first round. 

"Rampage a few days ago challenged me on Instagram. I'll take the opportunity and accept the challenge," Rua said in August. "I'll fight him any time, any day, any time."

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