It was announced over the weekend that former interim UFC heavyweight champion and Pride FC veteran Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira would be forced to pull out of his UFC 119-scheduled rematch against fellow former champion Frank Mir with an undisclosed injury that would likely require surgery. Nogueira spoke with Tatame.com recently to explain the nature of the injury.
“I hurt my hips training and I’ll have to go on surgery,” said “Big Nog.” “I’m only depending on a few exams, but I think it’ll be done by the weekend. The surgery will be on both sides of my hips, and I’ll operate my knee too. If everything goes alright I’ll be back on training in four months.”
Many speculated that Nogueira was forced out of the bout due to a recurrence of staph; Nogueira was hospitalized shortly prior to his first bout with Mir and attributes that to his loss in that bout.
Nogueira has been replaced in the main event of UFC 119 by fellow Pride FC veteran Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic. Nogueira’s twin brother Antonio Rogerio Nogueira will also be appearing on the UFC 119 card, against Ryan Bader. UFC 119 is scheduled to go down this September 25th at the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. It will be the UFC’s first trip to Indiana.