A surprising number of Brazil’s top MMA talents are currently sidelined through injury, but a series of new reports indicate that several of them are now well on the road to recovery.

UFC light-heavyweight champion Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua had little time to enjoy claiming the belt from Lyoto Machida before checking in to hospital for surgery on his knee which has kept him out of action since.

The good news is that his recovery appears to be on schedule.

“Everything is going very well,” Rua tells Sherdog.com. “I went to Los Angeles to meet with the doctor who operated on me, and everything is great. I went there just for medical consultation. The doctor wanted to see how my surgery went, and I was told that it’s OK. The surgery was actually a success. I’m very happy.”

Shogun now hopes to return to action in early 2011 for his first title defense against Rashad Evans.

Meanwhile Shogun’s friend Wanderlei Silva is also recovering from knee surgery.  Not only does he have an anticipated return date in 2011 in mind, he also has an opponent.

“My plan [is to return in] March. I want to try to make my next fight in Las Vegas or in Canada. I think Chris Leben is my next opponent. Nothing is official, but I’m thinking it probably is him.”

That quote comes from a new video blog with the popular fighter posted by MMACanada which you can watch below.

Wanderlei Silva:

Last but certainly not least, the first man to defeat Fedor in 10 years, Fabricio Werdum is targeting a similar date for his return to action in Strikeforce after undergoing elbow surgery.

“Maybe February…March,” Werdum tells MiddleEasy, but he’s not yet sure who he’ll face.  “It doesn’t matter,” he shrugs.

Watch his brief interview below.

Finally, UFC heavyweight star Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is currently out due to (yes, you guessed it…) knee surgery, and he has a hip operation still to come.

While there’s less definitive answers being given as to when we can expect the former interim champ back in action the current word is that he should be ready to fight in the Spring of next year.

After a string of injury problems in recent years it would seem wise for the 34 year-old to take as much time as he needs to come back 100% rather than risk coming back too early, so it wouldn’t be too much of a surprise if his return falls closer to the summer months.

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