Beloved Brazilian legend Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira has had surgery to repair a damaged ACL and will be out for at least six months, according to a report by the Brazilian news outlet Combate.
(Translated from Portuguese using Google Translate:)
The fighter Rodrigo Nogueira went on Tuesday for surgery to repair the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee, in Rio de Janeiro. The procedure was led by Dr. Marco Aurélio Sousa, and medical director of the Brazilian MMA Athletic Commission, Márcio Tannure, watched. Heavyweight Bahia expects rehabilitation within six months.
The reconstruction of the anterior cruciate ligament was successfully performed, along with Dr. Marco Aurélio Sousa. The time now is wait for physical therapy and functional rehabilitation. Hope to see you again in the octagon soon as possible – said Tannure.
Minotauro also had partial tear in the lateral collateral ligament, but this need not be repaired.
“Big Nog” has been riding out the tail-end of his career in rough fashion. In his last eight fights, he’s lost five – some by crushing KO, and one via a nasty arm break at the hands of Frank Mir. Having an ACL repaired definitely isn’t a sign that there’s more mileage left in him.