Nogueira’s Doc Opts Against Arm Surgery After Break at UFC 140

By Colin Foster Dec 12, 2011
Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira will not undergo surgery on his right arm, which was broken by a Frank Mir kimura last Saturday at UFC 140 in Toronto.

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 again.”

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 career.

In August, 35-year-old returned from an 18-month layoff brought on by hip and knee surgeries to knock out prospect Brendan Schaub.

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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