As Dallas mentioned in his main event dissection on Saturday, it's hard not to be a fan of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. The world's top heavyweight, before Fedor Emelianenko was a name fighter, he's been a premier name in the sport of mixed martial arts for close to 15 years. That's come with it's ups and downs, and tonight was by no means the lowest point. It was at least for me, however, a very odd crossroads. Seeing Nogueira get his arm snapped by Frank Mir in a fight he was winning (or to see him get TKO'd by Cain Velasquez) was one thing, but to see him get out-techniqued to a submission loss was somehow unfamiliar; it was harder to process.
Coupled with that was a fear that once again Nogueira had suffered serious injury in defeat. In a career that has long been centered on an almost impossible toughness it felt wrong that Nogueira should also suddenly become fragile. And while there's no taking away the loss, there's good news on the injury front. Nogueira's coach, Luiz Dorea, tweeted shortly after the fight that x-rays had come back clean and Minotauro is free from injury.
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
Loosely translated it says "Our Champion @ Minotauromma already did xray and thank God, did not fracture and already out of the hospital! Thank God!"
If all else is well he should be able to make a quick return to the octagon. Heavyweight is still a thin division and at this point I have to believe that Minotauro will have a home in the UFC for as long as he wants it. We'll be sure to keep you updated with any further injury news, so stay tuned.