Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira hasn’t set foot in the Octagon since losing by first-round knockout to current heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez at UFC 110. That was February of 2010.

It appears that he’s still a ways off from a return.

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

Despite two successful surgeries so far, Nogueira has another to go, and more rehab, before he can resume fighting.

He was scheduled to rematch Frank Mir last year at UFC 119 in Indianapolis, but that’s when things started to head south. Nogueira tore his ACL in training. The injury required surgery.

His hips have also been a recurring problem in training, so Nogueira is getting them repaired while he’s at it. At 34 years of age, he feels he’s still got a few good years left and wants to give himself the opportunity to compete at a high level.

“He first had his knee surgery and then he had his hip surgery. He’s still rehabbing his knee and he’s rehabbing his hip at the same time,” Nogueira’s manager, Ed Soares, told MMAWeekly Radio on Tuesday.

“He’s probably going to go in and have his other hip surgery in mid-February.”

Shortly after suffering the knee injury last year, the hope was for Nogueira to return by late spring or early summer this year, but they’ve pushed those expectations back a bit.

It will take several months to rehab the second hip, and having been away from the Octagon for so long, Nogueira will need a little time to ramp his training back up to fighting level. There is, however, a definite target in mind.

“His ultimate goal, he’d really like to fight on the Brazil card. He thinks he’d be ready to fight on that Rio card,” said Soares. “If he could fight there, I think he’d be a big draw down there. He’s a huge legend down there. In a perfect world, he would love to fight in Rio.”

The Brazilian fight card Soares is referring to is UFC Rio, which Ultimate Fighting Championship officials announced in mid-December. UFC Rio will take place on Aug. 27 at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro.

The UFC has upwards of 40 Brazilian fighters under contract. If healthy, Nogueira likely has an edge over most of those fighters in claiming a spot on the UFC Rio fight card. In more than a decade of fighting, he became the first Pride heavyweight champion, is a former UFC interim heavyweight champion, and has fought against most of the top heavyweight fighters in the world, amassing a 32-6-1 record.


Ken Pishna is the managing editor of MMAWeekly.com.
Follow Ken on Twitter or e-mail Ken a question or comment.


Follow MMAWeekly.com on Twitter and Facebook.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Big Nog wants Cro Cop rematch, says he'll fight 'as long as his body can take it'

  • 23 days ago
  • 12 views

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira wants a rematch with Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic after his bout with Stefan Struve in Rio. Big Nog wants to keep fighting as long as he is healthy. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira fee read news >>

Khabib Nurmagomedov undergoes successful knee surgery, eyes October UFC return

  • 20 days ago
  • 6 views

Also, Javier Mendez -- Khabib's head trainer -- explains how a freak accident led to the injury. American Kickboxing Academy (AKA) fighters are known for going hard when it comes to training and spar read news >>

Khabib Nurmagomedov to Have Surgery on Injured Knee, Out Four to Six Months

  • 22 days ago
  • 1 views

Second-ranked lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov is going to require surgery on the injured knee that forced him out of his UFC 187 bout against Donald Cerrone. read news >>

‘Minotauro’ Nogueira will train with Anderson Silva for ‘Dutch monster’ Stefan Struve

  • 6 days ago
  • 2 views

RIO DE JANEIRO -- Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira will return to the Octagon in August against Stefan Struve, and he’s excited for the "big" challenge. In an interview with MMAFighting.com, "Minotauro" spok read news >>

Jacare Souza Has Knee Surgery, Looks for September UFC Return

  • 3 days ago
  • 0 views

Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza had successful surgery on an injured knee last Wednesday, according to a report from "UFC Tonight." read news >>

'Ronaldo' Souza undergoes knee surgery; wants title shot or Luke Rockhold next

  • 3 days ago
  • 3 views

Ronaldo "Jacare" Souza is healing up after knee surgery. The former Strikeforce middleweight champion recently underwent the procedure to repair damage done to his left meniscus in his quick win over read news >>

Jacare Souza undergoes knee surgery, planning for UFC title shot in September

  • 2 days ago
  • 3 views

With the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) middleweight division on hold (thanks to this), former Strikeforce 185-pound champion Ronaldo Souza opted to have surgery on his left knee to repair meni read news >>

'Jacare' underwent knee surgery, wants title shot or Luke Rockhold rematch next

  • 2 days ago
  • 1 views

UFC middleweight contender repairs meniscus, eyes championship fight. As MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani reported on last night's edition of UFC Tonight, UFC middleweight contender Ronaldo Souza underwe read news >>

Morning Report: Dana White looking to the NFL to solve UFC's injury woes

  • 19 days ago
  • 3 views

With another unfortunate knee injury to lightweight Khabib Nurmagomedov, UFC president Dana White's 'stone age' comments on the habits of certain camps are hitting even harder. White ruffled some fea read news >>