Surgery has Big Nog fighting in 6 months

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira leaves the ring, his broken arm in a sling, after his horrific loss to...

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira leaves the ring, his broken arm in a sling, after his horrific loss to Frank Mir at UFC 140 in Toronto. (ERNEST DOROSZUK/QMI Agency)

DAVE HILSON, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:13 PM ET

It looks like heavyweight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira could be back in action sooner than expected after having surgery to repair the humerus of his right arm, which was snapped by a devastating Frank Mir Kimura (shoulder lock) at UFC 140 at the Air Canada Centre.

Although it was originally reported that Big Nog would not need surgery, he went under knife on Saturday. Dr. Tom Hackett performed the operation, fixing the fracture with a plate and 16 screws, according to MMA Weekly.

“If all goes well, (Nogueira) will start full training in the coming months and should be 100% to fight in six months or less,” Hackett said on Nogueira’s website. “We anticipate a full and complete recovery.”

That is a big upgrade from the original prognosis of Nogueira being sidelined for nine months.

Speaking on the fight, promotion prez Dana White recently told CagePotato that Big Nog blew it against Mir.

“He was two punches away from winning that fight,” White said. “Instead he passed the guard and tried to apply a guillotine on Frank Mir. Nobody understood (why he did) that. He will regret that decision for the rest of life. It was his fight. It was finished. I do not know how he sleeps after that.”

SUPER FIGHT COULD STILL HAPPEN

UFC president Dana White hinted recently in an interview with Brazilian website Alpha that a super fight between middleweight champion Anderson Silva and either light-heavyweight title holder Jon Jones or welterweight king Georges St. Pierre is not out of the question.

Silva, the man many consider to be the all-time greatest pound-for-pound fighter in mixed martial arts, has said he’s not interested in such a fight, but White sees it differently.

“He’s probably the greatest fighter in history,” White said of Silva. “He hasn’t lost and has been champion since 2006. I think he has two more title defences and I do not know what he’ll do next or if he will retire. He could end his career with a super fight against Jon Jones or George St. Pierre. He could end his career like that — fight in a different weight class. I would be happy with that. Then he could take a boat and sail into the sunset.”

Usually what makes White “happy” is what happens in the UFC. But age is a factor with Silva being 36 and already scheduled to defend his belt against the winner of the Chael Sonnen-Mark Munoz fight on Jan. 28, so who knows if a super fight will ever come to fruition.

KING OF TRASH TALK

Sometimes UFC head honcho Dana White speaks without thinking. He recently had one of those moments when he said UFC middleweight contender Chael Sonnen was on par with boxing legend Muhammad Ali when it comes to the hype game.

“(I’ve never seen) anywhere near him,” White told HeavyMMA while hyping Sonnen’s hype skills. “Seriously — and everybody’s going to go crazy over this — but I’ve never seen anyone who can talk like this guy can since Muhammad Ali.”

White went on to elaborate why, when it comes to trash talk, Sonnen’s the champ.

“Seriously, since Muhammad Ali — the stuff that just comes right off the top of his head, and is hilarious. And you don’t know what’s real and what’s not real.”

But come on, Sonnen as eloquent as Ali? No way! All this hyping up Sonnen has us thinking White just might be the greatest hype artist of them all.

Speaking of hype, Punch Buddies has just printed an “I Want You Anderson Silva” T-shirt featuring Sonnen as Uncle Sam. The Team Quest fighter has been lobbying hard to get a shot at title holder Anderson Silva, but first he has to get past fellow contender Mark Munoz at UFC on Fox 2, scheduled for Jan. 28.

MASVIDAL WASN’T FIGHTING FIT

Strikeforce lightweight Jorge Masvidal apparently went into his weekend title fight against Gilbert Melendez with a bad hand and will be sidelined up to six weeks.

The Florida-based fighter, who dropped a unanimous decision in Saturday’s Strikeforce: Melendez vs. Masvidal card, suffered a severe contusion to his right hand about 10 days prior to the fight and then damaged it further in the first round against Melendez, his manager Tina Vidal-Smith told MMA Fighting.

Masvidal had his hand put in a cast on Monday and a specialist advised him to spend the next four to six weeks letting it heal.

Masvidal admitted after the fight that his initial plan was to take Melendez to the mat (due to the injury), but the strategy never panned out.

“I should have listened to my corner and tried to take him down more,” Masvidal said. “At the end of the day, Melendez won fair and square. He’s a great fighter and I have a lot of respect for him. I just hope I get the chance to fight him again.”

The 27-year-old fighter fell to 22-7 with the loss.

 


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