There was a clear moment when Frank Mir was cranking Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira’s right arm backward with a kimura where the looks on both of their faces informed you of what was to come: neither Mir or Nogueira were going to give, but that arm was.
Sure enough, Nogueira held off on tapping until his right arm was snapped clean through at the humerus, leaving it unnaturally angled and limp. Left with another seemingly hobbling injury after the first submission loss of his career, many speculated whether or not Nogueira would be able to return to the cage after sustaining this latest round of severe damage. However, the UFC revealed through Twitter that the injury isn’t serious enough to require surgery and Big Nog should be able to return to action within a year’s time.
“Doctor’s report: surgery not necessary for Big Nog -he’ll have adjustable plastic brace using an ultrasound device 2x/day for 20 mins,” the UFC tweeted.
Following the fight, UFC president Dana White explained that Nogueira would be flying back to Los Angeles with him to see orthopaedic specialist Dr. John Itamura at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic, who predicted no longer than a nine-month rehabilitation period for the Brazilian legend.
“Dr. John Itamura believes Big Nog will be back in the Octagon in no more than 9 months,” posted the UFC.
Nogueira sustained the injury in a rematch with Frank Mir, which took place at UFC 140: Jones vs. Machida at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario.
You can check out an x-ray picture of Nogueira’s broken arm at this link.