Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira
will not undergo surgery on his
right arm, which was broken by a Frank Mir
kimura last Saturday at UFC
Nogueira’s twin and fellow UFC fighter Antonio
Rogerio “Minotoro” Nogueira shared news of his brother’s
condition Monday on Twitter after a consultation with orthopedic
surgeon Dr. John Itamura in Los Angeles.
“We’ve just had a medical diagnosis,” wrote Minotoro. “[Dr.
Itamura] said he would prefer not to do surgery, that [the bone]
will calcify by itself and that in five months, he’s fighting
UFC officials referred Nogueira to Dr. Itamura, who prescribed
twice-a-day ultrasound therapy and fitted “Big Nog” with a brace.
The plastic accessory will allow Nogueira to move his arm,
something the pure plaster of a hard cast would not. Long regarded
as one of MMA’s finest grapplers, Nogueira’s submission defeat
against Mir marked the first such loss of the Brazilian’s 42-fight
In August, 35-year-old returned from an 18-month layoff brought on
by hip and knee surgeries to knock out prospect Brendan
This item was updated at 9:46 p.m. ET to clarify that Dr.
Itamura advised against surgery. Pictured: X-ray of Antonio Rodrigo
Nogueira’s right arm released Saturday by the UFC on Twitter.
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