Initially it appeared that Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira had escaped surgery on the broken arm he suffered against Frank Mir last weekend, with a specialist in L.A recommending he let it heal naturally, but it appears that diagnosis has since changed.

According to TATAME ‘Big Nog’ underwent a further consultation in Colorado which resulted in him having surgery on his fractured humerus bone on Friday.

The operation was reported to have been a success and doctor’s believe the 35 year-old could be back in training by June.

Big Nog has been plagued by injury woes in recent times, having previously spent 15 months out due to multiple operations on his hips and knees.

He made a triumphant return earlier this year with a ‘Knockout Of The Night’ performance against Brendan Schaub in front of his hometown fans in Brazil at UFC 134 before succumbing to a brutal loss by kimura to Mir at UFC 140 which Dana White later declared was ‘the submission of the century.’