Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira suffers torn ACL, wants another UFC fight after return from surgery

Esther Lin

I don't know what the official tally is, but between the two brothers, they've gotta hold some kind of injury record.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) heavyweight icon Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is injured and will require surgery.

Again.

"Minotauro" suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his right knee (sound familiar?) prior to stepping into the cage against Roy Nelson at UFC Fight Night 39 in Abu Dhabi, which ended with the Brazilian staring up at the sky, thanks to a bomb from "Big Country."

Nogueira elaborates to MMA Fighting:

"I just got my exams, and I unfortunately tore my ACL. Three days before the fight, I was training wrestling and I twisted my right knee working on a single leg. I stopped training, and I felt it during the fight. I did the exams as soon as I returned to Brazil, and I found out this morning that I hurt the ACL and LCL. I'm going to need surgery. I had the same surgery on the left knee three years ago, and now it's on the right knee."

The procedure will likely keep him sidelined until 2015.

That could make a return fight difficult, especially since UFC President Dana White has already asked Big Nog to retire (read about it). The oft-injured grappler made a career out of taking punishment and battling back to win, but has been finished five times since late 2008.

Is his body trying to tell him something?

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join MMAmania.com

You must be a member of MMAmania.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMAmania.com. You should read them.

Join MMAmania.com

You must be a member of MMAmania.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMAmania.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker