A lot was made by the general fanship about Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira’s appearance ahead of his bout with Dave Herman at UFC 153, which he would win by second round armbar, most notably that the former UFC and Pride heavyweight champion looked a little soft around the midsection. While “Minotauro” took the fight on only a month’s notice, the Brazilian has revealed to tatame that he went into the bout with a fractured rib.
“I fractured my rib three weeks ago on my right side. I went to the doctor, I took a local anesthetic to be able to train and when he gave me a shot there, it gave me a shortness of breath and I took a swing from one side to the other to see what had happened, it had broken. There was a big break…”