Don’t expect to see heavyweight star Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira back in the octagon any time soon, a new report from Brazil highlighted by Fighters Only suggests the 34 year-old will now be out until August of 2011.
‘Big Nog’ had been expected to face Frank Mir at UFC 119 earlier this year but was forced to pull out due to a knee injury that required surgery.
With the injury-prone fighter also having trouble with his hips it always looked like a return to action in the Spring of 2011 was a little ambitious, and that’s proven to be the case.
The Brazilian has now underwent successful knee and more recently hip surgery, but he now faces e a six month break from training to recover fully.
Nogueira last fought in February of this year, suffering a first round TKO at the hands of the champion-in-waiting, Cain Velasquez. That marked his second TKO loss in three fights – the only two times in his career that he’s been stopped inside the distance. That led to fears that time was now catching up with Nogueira after a long and arduous career.
Having spent much of the past few years on the treatment table it’s hard to argue with that, but the Brazilian will no doubt be hoping that his latest surgeries can give him a new lease of life and allow him to once again mount a serious challenge in the UFC’s competitive heavyweight division.