Nogueira to undergo ACL surgery, interested in fighting again following recovery

Maxx Wolfson

Former UFC interim heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira revealed that he is scheduled to undergo ACL surgery, and is interested in fighting in the promotion once more.

It appears we have not seen the last of "Minotauro" inside the UFC octagon.

The former PRIDE heavyweight champion revealed that he tore his ACL three days before his main event match-up against Roy Nelson earlier this month, and will now undergo surgery on his right knee.

"I'm going to need surgery," Nogueira told MMAFighting.com. "I had the same surgery on the left knee three years ago, and now it's on the right knee."

Following his loss in Abu Dhabi, Nogueira's manager suggested that the Brazilian heavyweight would consider a trilogy fight against former champ Frank Mir.  Nogueira refused to reiterate that sentiment, instead stating that he would rather focus on his recovery before considering his next fight.

"I want to recover and see what happens, but I want to fight. I was feeling great, had a great training camp for this fight. I was fast, but I couldn't perform. I have to recover and start it all over again."

Big Nog is prepared to get back in the cage after his surgery, but he will likely face some pressure from UFC President Dana White, who has been vocal about Nogueira retiring from competition.

While "Minotauro" is aware of White's retirement suggestion, he does not necessarily consider it a "bad thing."

"He thinks as the president of an organization. Maybe he likes me and says that thinking about my image, but I fought a good fighter with heavy hands. I don't see (his statements) as a bad thing."

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