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