UFC NEWS – UFC NEWS – One Metal Plate And 16 Screws Later: Big Nog Broken Arm On The Mend

December 19, 2011 9:02 am by Pedro Carrasco

“Mr. Nogueira suffered a complex fracture to his humerus. The fracture began in the middle of the bone and extended to the elbow region. Unfortunately, the radial nerve [one of the main nerves lending a feeling of power to the hands] was damaged. The nerve is located in the area of the fracture, and the bone compressed it. Before the operation, he had very little strength in his hand and no strength whatsoever in his thumb. The operation involved an incision behind the arm. The nerve was removed from the location of the fracture and treated. The fracture was fixed with a plate and 16 screws, and now, less than 12 hours post-op, his hand functions are returning and the bone is mending. If all goes well, he’ll be back to full training in the coming months and should be 100-percent to fight in six months or less. We foresee him making a complete and full recovery.”

Taking to Nogueira’s official blog on ESPN.COM, the camp recently updated the world with the status of his broken arm suffered at the hands of Frank Mir during this month’s UFC 140 event.

After an intense scramble for position on the ground, Mir was able to lock in a Kimura in the first frame of action and without a tap from Nogueira, broke his arm to earn the win via submission.

Now, after a few weeks and a couple doctor opinions, “Big Nog” opted to have surgery on the fracture to repair the damage left. Surgeons have given him a clean bill of health and he is expected to return to action in the later part of 2012.

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