Despite initial reports that Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira wouldn’t require surgery for a broken arm suffered against Frank Mir at UFC 140, “Minotauro” has since undergone surgery to repair the injury and could return to the UFC in as soon as six months, according to a statement on his official website:
Mr. Nogueira suffered a complex fracture of his right humerus. The fracture started at the mid-portion of the bone and extended into his elbow region. Unfortunately, the radial nerve(one of the main nerves that gives power and sensation to the hand) was injured by the event. The nerve was in the area of the fracture and the bone was pinching the nerve. Prior to the surgery he had very little strength in his hand and no strength in his thumb.
The surgery involved an incision down the back of his arm. The nerve was taken out of the fracture site and treated. The fracture was fixed with a plate and 16 screws and now less than 12 hours after the surgery the function is returning to his hand and the bone is fixed. We anticipate initiating range of motion exercises today and will start strengthening in the next month. If everything goes well he will begin full training in the next several months and should be 100% for competition fighting in six months or less. We anticipate a complete and full recovery.
Nogueira (33-7-1) is 4-3 since the PRIDE veteran joined the UFC in 2007, including a first-round knockout of Brendan Schaub in his native Brazil in August before falling victim to a first-round kimura against Mir moments after hurting the fellow former champion with punches.