Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira to Undergo Surgery Following Armbar Loss to Fabricio Werdum

June 13, 2013
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Fabricio Werdum Subs Rodrigo Nogueira UFC Fuel 10Former Pride and interim UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is once again going under the knife.

Nogueira reportedly suffered ligament damage resulting from an armbar submission loss to Fabricio Werdum at UFC on Fuel TV 10. confirmed and reported the injury and pending surgery.

An MRI revealed extensive ligament damage in his left elbow that will require Nogueira to undergo surgery on Friday.

Nogueira also required surgery following a Kimura submission loss to Frank Mir in late 2011. That surgery required 16 screws in his humerus, but Nogueira still managed to return to the Octagon 10 months later to defeat Dave Herman.

The surgery on Friday is expected to keep Nogueira sidelined for about eight weeks.

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  • Sean Sherk You’re Dead

    I think it’s time to retire Nog.. you have nothing to prove, you did everything, and you’re always going to be considered one of the greats
    A Legend

    • Werdoomb

      That’s exactly the reason why he did not retire a few years ago when it became pretty clear that he was past his prime.

      “One of the greats” or “the great”

      Fedor is going to be considered the great. Nog is going to be considered one of the greats. Cro Cop is going to be considered one of the greats. Same goes for Frank Mir and other guys who were champions at one point.

      • Truth

        Dude Fedor sucks ass man aahahaa Fedor is just a fighter he aint considered the great

        • jz

          bro dont be ignorant fedor was a pioneer that went undefeated for many years in a division that generally is considered the hardest to keep winning consistently… just because he lost a few fights when he was past his prime doesnt mean he isn’t one the greats… losing is part of competition from your comments its apparent that the only competition you’ve ever done is on your playstation… stop hating and give the man the respect he deserves or keep to playstation.

        • dq


  • Christopher Gustin

    If you know you are stuck you need to tap! He is letting his ego end his career! He is a legend and a very complete fighter but he can’t let these guys rip his arm off. He has to be smarter than that. Anyone that was watching that fight knew he was caught and I would not have lost any respect for him if he tapped. Every fighter respects him and he is an MMA hall of famer for sure.

    • Cereal Killer

      He will never be even close to a title talk ever again. It’s time to hang it up before you let yourself get hurt anymore. His need to retire does take away EVERYTHING from Werdum’s win. The only reason Werdum is in the top ten (my opinion) is because Carwin retired. Roy is the only ranked fighter, at the time of the fight, that he has beaten in years.

      • Werdoomb

        He’s beaten Antonio Silva, Nog, and 1-1 with Overeem. WTF are you talking about???

        God. Noobs.

        • fsunoles10

          dont think bigfoot was ranked at the time and the overeem fight was way back in pride. but werdum is legit though, he dicked nog around on the ground.

      • Werdoomb

        “at the time of the fight”….

        Dude, first why is it important that Werdum beat Bigfoot immediately before the fedor fight rather than right afterwards?

        Second, he did beat Gonzaga when Gonzaga was top 10.

        U r dooomb.

        • Cereal Killer

          The fight business is all about “what have you done lately”, not who did you beat 4 years ago. Fighters get better and worse over time. Fedor was another guy that was ready for retirement when Werdum beat him. Go watch the Overeem fight again. Werdum is not a top 5 fighter.

          You a lot of name calling on these forums. I’m guessing you’re about 10 years old.

  • f ufc

    Shut up and let him fight. He’s a dying breed.

    • xavier

      “i’m a survivor. we’re a dying breed.”

    • Gary Fredericks

      He’s an over the hill breed. Age catches us all and nobody wins that fight…..NOBODY! He’s just trashing his legacy “Cro-Cop Style” since twice losing to Frank Mir…and that really sucks to me because Big Nog has always come off as such a nice and likable person, let alone his vast and rounded skill set.

  • eric

    hey im not surprised that this event was in brazil and had the most “submissions” “brazilian jiu-jitsu”

  • garrett

    Big Nog Awesome fighter! One of the greats going down in the history books in MMA.