Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Undergoing Surgery for Ligament Damage

Written by Tom Ngo
June 14th, 2013

UFC Heavyweight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

Everybody knows the first rule in Brazilian jiu jitsu – tap or snap. When BJJ is used in MMA, you can also never forget about the verbal tap and suffer ligament damage policy.

The latter is what happened to Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (pictured) after he verbally submitted to Fabricio Werdum’s armbar this past Saturday at UFC on FUEL TV 10.

According to Nogueira’s coach, Luiz Dorea, the former UFC interim heavyweight champ is undergoing surgery this morning in Brazil to repair ruptured ligaments suffered in his left arm. No word on how long the 37-year-old will be forced to ride the pine.

This is the second time in three fights Nogueira, the man who hands out BJJ belts, has suffered a serious injury in an armbar defeat. “Big Nog” had surgery on his right arm after Frank Mir snapped it in two at UFC 140.

Don’t forget to follow @5thRound on Twitter, Facebook and Google+!