Although it appeared at first that Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira had emerged from his submission loss to Fabricio Werdum at UFC on FUEL TV 10 unscathed, it turns out the legendary heavyweight was injured and will require surgery after all. According to a recent report from the Brazilian publication Tatame.com, Nogueira’s left elbow incurred ligament damage from the armbar Werdum applied, and will require surgery to repair it.
Following the June 8th event, Nogueira’s Luiz Dorea tweeted that “Our champion @Minotauromma already did an X-ray, and thank God, did not fracture (his arm) and is already out of the hospital”.
A follow up MRI, however, reportedly revealed the extensive damage. The 37 year-old fighter is expected to be sidelined approximately 8 weeks as a result of the surgery, which is planned for today.
Nogueira also required surgery following his December, 2011 submission loss to Frank Mir via Kimura, which broke his arm and sidelined him for several months.
The former PRIDE champ rebounded last October by tapping out Dave Herman at UFC 153, before facing Werdum earlier this month.
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