If you stopped watching MMA after January 2009 you might think this award was some kind of a joke. However, no other MMA fighter experienced a bigger comeback in 2009. Mauricio “Shogun” Rua finished up his year with a controversial loss in a light heavyweight title bout. The fact that he was even competing for a title makes him the ProMMA.info Comeback Fighter of 2009.
Two years after shocking the world in Pride FC, Rua made his UFC debut against Forrest Griffin on Sept. 22, 2007. The former Middleweight GP champion was clearly not himself and submitted late in the third round.
From that point on Rua’s career was marred by injuries. He needed multiple surgeries to repair a lingering knee problem. He sat out the entire 2008 campaign.