Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is one of the toughest men with the biggest hearts to ever compete in mixed martial arts. Fans love him because of that ability to absorb punishment and score come from behind wins, but after seeing his brutal losses to Cain Velasquez and Frank Mir, many had feared that he was doing more harm to himself than anything. When Nogueira was caught in a deep submission on Saturday night at FUEL TV 10 against Fabricio Werdum before the fight was stopped, many feared that he once again suffered a serious injury.
When watching the fight, it was hard to tell whether or not Nogueira tapped or if the referee stepped in to stop the fight because his arm was snapped. Immediately, everyone feared that Minotauro suffered another broken arm.
Thankfully, we don’t have to worry much longer.
Nogueira’s coach, Luiz Dorea, sent out a message on Twitter after the conclusion of the event that stated Nogueira underwent x-rays on his arm and the tests came back negative.
Nosso campeão @minotauromma já fez o raio X e graças a Deus, não teve fratura e já esta saindo do hospital!! Graças a Deus!!
— LUIZ DÓREA (@Luiz_Dorea) June 9, 2013
That is great news.
Because the message was in Portugese, here is the rough Google translation:
Our champion @ Minotauromma already did xray and thank God, did not fracture and already out of the hospital! Thank God!
Since Nogueira avoided serious injury, he should be able to return to the octagon as soon as he wants. The problem will be seeing a legend in the sport serving as a gatekeeper and risking more long-term damage on his body that has already taken so much.
What do you think, fight fans? Should Minotauro return for another bout or is it time to finally hang up the gloves? Let us hear your thoughts by sounding off in the comments section.