The UFC may have lost one Brazilian superstar this week when Jose Aldo pulled out of UFC 153 due to injury, but it appears they’ve gained a legendary fighter from the country as well. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, who had been sidelined for nine months with an arm injury, recently revealed he was back to full speed and actively training.
“My recovery is 100%. I tried getting better for July, but I got hurt again. I think it was too soon,” said Nogueira in an interview with Sherdog.
Nogueira was scheduled to face Cheick Kongo at UFC 149 but had to pull out based on his arm not having healed as fully as he needed to prepare for the bout. The limb was broken in graphic fashion last December in a match-up with Frank Mir where “Minotauro” refused to tap out to a Kimura.
However, Nogueira has since healed and is itching to get back in the Octagon again.
“It’s totally recovered and I started to train again in mid-July. I feel my arm is getting stronger, getting faster. I’m training every day and I hope to fight soon,” he explained, adding, “I’m just waiting on confirmation from the UFC.”
Though he hasn’t been linked to the lineup, Nogueira’s statements seem to imply he might even be ready to take a fight on short notice as would be the case if stepping up to help UFC 153 out in the wake of withdrawals from Aldo and Quinton Jackson. The 36-year old icon holds an overall record of 33-7-1 including wins over Fabricio Werdum, Josh Barnett, Dan Henderson, Mirko Filipovic, and Randy Couture.
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