After years of competing while injured, PRIDE legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira seemed to have finally turned a corner where his health was concerned after taking a good amount of time off to recover and then coming back strong with a knockout of Brendan Schaub this past August. However, as chance would have it, the same toughness prompting “Minotauro” to fight for so many years while hurt led to latest injury – a broken arm courtesy of his refusal to tap to Frank Mir’s Kimura at UFC 140.
Nogueira, a little more than a week removed from the gruesome submission loss, has since had surgery on the arm after originally saying he had hoped to avoid the knife. The procedure occurred Friday in Colorado. According to a report on TATAME, assuming recovery goes as planned, the Brazilian icon should be back in the gym by his 36th birthday this coming June.
The 33-7-1 Nogueira is 2-3 in his last five fights with all three losses involving some form of stoppage. Prior to his latest slide, a likely product of age finally catching up with him after years of absorbing abuse in the ring, the submission-specialist had never been finished in a fight while racking up victories over the likes of Tim Sylvia, Randy Couture, Mirko Filipovic, Dan Henderson, and Josh Barnett.
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