Rodrigo Nogueira Headed to Surgery

December 11, 2011
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Pride is a bitter pill to swallow. It’s a pill that former Pride and UFC champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira refused to swallow at UFC 140 in Toronto on Saturday night.

Frank Mir, nearly finished by “Big Nog,” survived to turn the tide, locking on a Kimura shoulder lock. Nogueira tried to roll with it, but Mir wound up on top, blocking any escape. Nogueira refused to submit, instead suffering the pain of his arm visibly breaking.

The immediate outcome was a trip to the hospital; the long-term ramifications have yet to be determined.

One thing is certain; Nogueira needs surgery to help repair the damage he chose to endure.

UFC president Dana White confirmed Nogueira’s medical situation in a post-press-conference scrum with reporters. He said he received a text from Nogueira’s camp.

“The text was, Nogueira needs surgery. We want to do the surgery in L.A. Can he fly with me to Las Vegas?” he revealed.

“(It’s his) shoulder and elbow. We don’t know what’s wrong with both, but it’s shoulder and elbow.”

Nogueira has been a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt for a long, long time. He’s fully aware of the situation he put himself in by refusing to submit to Mir’s Kimura and now suffers the loss, the injury, and a heavy dose of criticism.

“That’s why you tap,” said White, adding, “he knows that.”

The UFC later tweeted a photo of Nogueira’s x-ray, clearly showing a break of his humerus.

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  • BlackDog2009

    Big Nog is an idiot. For someone who has been in the JJ discipline for so long, he sure is an ignorant. You get caught, you tap. Never risk a broken limb or tendon! Always live to fight another day man.

    • RealmmaFan

      stfu blackdog2009 big nog TAPPED you ignorant piece of sh!t how dare you call him ignorant frank mir is known to go straight for the break and he did AFTER nog had tapped you idiot watch it again also he will live ot fight another day retard….

      • KBEsq

        I tend to agree with Realmmafan. I can’t say that I know Nog would have tapped or not, and I think the break is justified if Nog did not tap, but what I do know is that Mir didn’t give him a chance. Mir weighs 260 pounds and was on top of Nog in a very dominant position. Give him a second or two to tap. He justifies this by claiming he did not think Nog would tap. Maybe that’s true, but I guess we’ll never know.

        I really just hated the way Mir was at the post fight presser, implying that he enjoyed it by saying he didn’t want to talk about the pleasure of it because the press would think he was morbid. Yup, pretty much, Mir!

        Some guys, like Hughes, I don’t even think they have it in them to break a limb. Hughes made it clear that he could have broken Gracie’s arm, and I believe him. Instead, he just pounded him out. I don’t expect that in a fighter, especially in a fight like Mir/Nog II where Mir was getting beat on the feet, but a move like Hughes made is classy to me.

        • In all seriousness, it is extremely unfortunate that a fighter suffered a career threatening injury. On the flip side, Nog had days to tap. He was visibly suffering way before the arm broke. While I wouldn’t criticize Nog for his pride, I’m not a fan of broken arms either.
          Mir did what any warrior needs to have the mindset to do, the honorable thing to do is to not take your opponent lightly, mercy is an insult in warrior minds, and if you can’t face that fact, maybe this sport is no better than point-sparring TKD? Mir is not malicious in that he would deliberately brake an arm if he felt a tap, so I see nothing wrong with what he did.

    • Marvin8

      I couldn’t agree more. And I did not see him even TRY to tap. Big Nog’s ego definitely got the best of him.

  • MikeMc1983

    Hmm, well he’s still alive. Also, he’s probably going to live to fight another day.

  • BlackDog2009

    sarcasm noted, and you know what I meant.

    but as for fighting another day… hmmm, that’s a tough one. maybe the injury looks worst that it is, hopefully for Nog, that’s the case… if it isn’t… fighting at top level again will be difficult, especially if opponents target that arm of his.

    also his shoulder is injured too and that makes things worst.

  • bajafox

    That’s a tough call, I watched every single replay and I could probably make an argument for both Mir maybe at least just tightening it up enough to make him tap at least a few more seconds before cranking it or make the argument that Big Nog knew he was caught and should have tapped sooner.

    Regardless, glad I ordered the fight and watched Machida get put to sleep, as much as I dislike Jones, I can’t ignore his talent