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Following Back-to-Back Hip Surgeries, Big Nog is Hoping for An August Return in Rio Against Lesnar

(Nogueira takes ice baths to quell hip pain and to treat his hypergonadism.)

Many fans of Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira were disappointed by the spotty showing of former PRIDE star when he made the transition to the UFC. Some hypothesized that he was slower as a result of the accumulative damage the scores of punches and kicks his head has absorbed over the years, while others assumed he had lost a step due to age.

According to Nogueira, who by the way is only 34, the reason he hasn’t performed to the potential he demonstrated in Japan is that he has been secretly battling a pair of nagging injuries for the past four years. 

 “This is an injury I have had for about four years. For the past two years it has been bothering me a lot. I have been training for all the last fights I had, and it was very painful. My last 3 fights were very painful. To tell you the truth, when I was training in 2005, I felt it a little bit in my hip but it wasn’t that much. 2006 it hurt me. When I trained for the Couture fight it hurt me so bad, then this year it was impossible for training," Nogueira explained during a recent interview with "After Anderson Silva’s fight when he fought Chael [Sonnen], I was there in the group and from there I had training the next day and I couldn’t walk, so I went to Colorado [to see a doctor]. My physical trainer told me [the doctor in Colorado] was the best hip doctor in the world, Dr. Philippon. He took a look at me and said ‘you can’t fight. You are 40% on your performance.’”

Unless he wanted to continue to fight "handicapped" Noguiera knew that the only option would be to have his bum hips operated on. He says the first operation in December was a success.

“I had arthroscopy in my hip, just to clean it up. I had some extra bone, a piece of bone, inside the joint so they just cleaned it up," he explains. "They tried to fix the cartilage inside the hip to put everything in place. The hardest part is that I got to be out about six weeks on crutches.It is in both sides. I did one, I still have to do another one. Another surgery. End of January. The doctor told me you should do one then wait about 2 months, then do the other side.”

Instead of waiting for two months, "Big Nog" moved his second surgery up two weeks after he heard about the ufC’s planned show in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil in August — a card he says he definitely wants to fight on.

“That’s my goal. I even want to fight before that, but to fight in Brazil – that would be awesome. That’s my goal," Nogueira says. "That is why I tried to do both surgeries close together.

When asked if he had a specific opponent in mind for the card being planned for his South American homeland, "Minotauro," didn’t hesitate when answering.

“If they give me Brock I would be ready to fight him.”

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noizy- January 6, 2011 at 7:33 pm
Damn you Smitty, I was gonna do that and was counting and saw your 31st. LOL.
Smitty- January 5, 2011 at 4:21 pm
Loretta Cunt- January 5, 2011 at 3:22 pm
most of these former PRIDE fighters just beat the fuck out of each other so much in japan that it affected their run with ufc. shogun the prime example, he's been getting surgery for like 4 years now and still won the title, after a really rough start. wandy and big nog are no different. sadly we've all had to listen to these zuffa fan boys brag every time one of dana's bitches got a win over a pride legend.

crocop the one exemption, he just showed up gun shy and couldnt adjust to the cage. i think wandy really worked better in a ring where he can corner a fighter more easily.
nog has been getting smashed his whole career, it's what he does best. let you tire yourself out smashing his face in then get submitted out of nowhere, not the best method for a long lasting career
ccman- January 5, 2011 at 2:59 pm
Imagine brock or fedor with half nogs gumption? Hw divisions would actually matter
Get Off Me- January 5, 2011 at 2:28 pm
Big Nog v Couture was the embodiment of MMA heart, fortitude and respect.
That was the first time a fight suprised the shit out me and I still have not seen a HW bout even close to that since.

Having said this, Big Nog lost it after that fight, he really left it all in the octagon and the win took most of the elite fighter he had left in him.
I think it's cowardly that Brock is taking this as his comeback match and that Dana green lighted the booking...
I will at least be looking for the point in the fight when Nog laughs at Lesnars masturbation punches, like Bas laughed at Shamrock's slaps. I would love to see Nog in the Strikeforce HW tourney though :)..... memories.....

Jugger- January 5, 2011 at 1:55 pm
Big Nog is the embodiment of MMA heart, fortitude, and respect.

That said, I think his body is screaming "No more wars! Please!"
budsellers- January 5, 2011 at 1:43 pm
i predict that nog is going to lose 2 of his next 3 fights and retire with a .500 ufc record
Almost North- January 5, 2011 at 1:31 pm
....and would Rosenthal stop the fight after 3 straight minutes of turtle mode Brock being beaten over the head with said walker?

So many questions. This needs to happen.
Morningwood- January 5, 2011 at 1:30 pm
and yes CP is slower then other sites.
Morningwood- January 5, 2011 at 1:27 pm

wonder if Nog could chase down Lesnar or if he'd trip on his walker....
Morningwood- January 5, 2011 at 1:26 pm
looking at that pic reminds me of the "I was in the pool" episode on Seinfeld.

Wonder if it's the same icey hell that Sonnen is going through.
Almost North- January 5, 2011 at 1:24 pm
Is it just me or is CP routinely the slowest site on the entire internet? What gives guys?
Crusader86- January 5, 2011 at 1:19 pm
Accident. Oops.
Almost North- January 5, 2011 at 1:13 pm
Damnit now i can't stop picturing the Brocken running for his life across the cage from the punches of the elderly humpty-dumpty-esque Don Zimmer.

Not that I'm complaining.
El Guapo- January 5, 2011 at 1:07 pm
Even Don Zimmer wouldn't be tough enough to fight Brock 6 months after having both hips surgically repaired. Big Nog really is a zombie.
RwilsonR- January 5, 2011 at 1:06 pm
I wish Nog would take a cue from Randy Cou... well, Chuck Liddell... and just hang up the gloves. I hate seeing him get pounded on.
Crusader86- January 5, 2011 at 1:03 pm
Go Nog. I'd love to see him back and fighting at 100%. We hear this 'old injury' thing quite a bit, but hopefully he can come back and whoop some ass. Especially Brock's ass. That'd be amazing.


omunto- January 5, 2011 at 12:53 pm
hyper..... ahhhh I C what you did there.
KarmaAteMyCat- January 5, 2011 at 12:45 pm
he's 33 or 34 right?
GILL-uh-TEEN- January 5, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Sounds like Nog wants to find out for himself if they're bigger than Brock's mouth.
TheBigKabosh- January 5, 2011 at 12:34 pm
Ice baths, I has it.
GILL-uh-TEEN- January 5, 2011 at 12:34 pm
I wouldn't look near that composed if I awoke in an ice bath in Brazil with both kidneys removed...
fACE7biter- January 5, 2011 at 12:33 pm
Nog should fight Roy Nelson in Brazil, they have to have his legal issues sorted by then.
LOKI- January 5, 2011 at 12:30 pm
Minotauro's balls are each bigger than Brocks heart.
PortlandMMA- January 5, 2011 at 12:27 pm
Fuck Cain could be done for all I know, torn rotator cuff on a dude that explosive is never good news.