Big Nog faces surgery, and an uncertain future

source: mmajunkie.com
 

Antonio Rodrigo 'Big Nog' Nogueira appeared to be within one GnP flurry of beating a dazed Frank Mir, but he opted to go for a guillotine instead. Mir recovered and reversed the situation, sinking a kimura. As they say of an a limb submission, you can tap or snap.

The arm snapped, earning Mir the win, and a $75,000 Submission of the Night bonus.

At the post-fight press con, Mir said he had a feeling Nogueira wasn’t going to submit, and that he might have to break his arm, which the xray below shows is plainly what happened.

UFC President Dana White said there may be additional damage to the shoulder and arm, and that Big Nog will fly on to LA to seek surgical repair.

So after he leaves surgery, what is next for the 35-year old Nogueira?

"The last time, I said after he got knocked out that 'Big Nog' should look at (retiring)," White said. "He got mad at me. He got all bummed out. Then he came out and pulled off that win with Schaub.

"'Big Nog' looked great tonight until that submission."

"You've got to look at a guy's entire career, not just how it's ending. Big Nog' has been in wars. I was at the PRIDE fight when he fought Mirko 'Cro Cop.' 'Cro Cop' was just blasting him with kicks to the body and shots to the head. Then he ends up pulling off that submission win in the second round. He's had a career where he's been through wars.

"'Big Nog' is a nice guy, and he's a guy whom I respect. I know they get pissed off at me when I say this stuff, but again, it doesn't matter. Unfortunately, or fortunately, I'm the one that makes these decisions. I'm going to have to sit down and talk to him. I don't want to see him get hurt – or anybody else."

If Nogueira is done, he would leave with an octagon record of 4-3, including a February 2008 win over Tim Sylvia to become the UFC's interim heavyweight champion, a title he would promptly lose to Mir in the pair's first meeting.

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twodragunns site profile image  

12/12/11 6:04 PM by twodragunns

I was there and Nog was on the Octagon floor for over 10 minutes. Nog actually was starting to tap just a couple of seconds before his arm broke just above the elbow. Feel bad for him as he was wining the fight up til then, but anything can happen in this sport.

Headkicker84 site profile image  

12/12/11 5:23 PM by Headkicker84

Killer pokerface. Who know's what was going inside his head.

LiMe_101 site profile image  

12/12/11 3:30 PM by LiMe_101

JDS will KO Mir.

KTFOd site profile image  

12/12/11 3:04 PM by KTFOd

JDS should avenge this loss in the future.

GordoGracieBarra site profile image  

12/12/11 12:57 PM by GordoGracieBarra

That's fine - Nog has pulled off some the best subs in HW history.Roger Gracie also has a pretty basic BJJ game and Roger >>>>>> vinnyplus Nog Chin >>>>> Vinny's chin.Nog's fighting legacy >>>>> vinny's Fighting legacy.

ALL DAY JAY site profile image  

12/12/11 12:33 PM by ALL DAY JAY

What does someone have to say to get a fucking ban!?

kazanski13 site profile image  

12/12/11 11:53 AM by kazanski13

There Goes Nog's clapping career

Graphic3001 site profile image  

12/12/11 11:16 AM by Graphic3001

That break was soooo crazy. I had a full house and every time they replayed all you can hear was...AHHHHHHHHHH. I would like to think that Big Nog can come back from this but thats a bad injury and DFW is already looking at retiring him. Hopefully he has another fight or two in him.-Eddiehttp://www.youtube.com/LifeasEddie

disbeliever site profile image  

12/12/11 10:04 AM by disbeliever

Voted down and mod warned