Antonio "Big Nog" Nogueira should be able to make a full return to MMA in about six months, according to the doctor who put 16 titanium screws in his broken arm.  Along with the fracture, Nog suffered some nerve damage that was also repaired in the operation he had yesterday.  As reported by ESPN, Big Nog's physician, Dr. Tom R. Hackett, wrote this on Nog's blog:

"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 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% to fight in six months or less. We foresee him making a complete and full recovery."

This is great news for the Brazilian fighting legend and his fans.  Big Nog has been thrilling audiences for years and here's hoping that his recovery is complete and that he'll be better than ever.




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