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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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Gabriel Gonzaga is back in the UFC and will fight at UFC 142 in Brazil, taking on Edinaldo Oliveira.  Gonzaga holds a 12-6 record, but his losses read like a who's who of MMA.  He was beaten by Randy Couture, Fabricio Werdum, Shane Carwin and Junior Dos Santos during his UFC career, and was cut from the organization after dropping a decision to Brendan Schaub.

Gonzoga is best remembered for his stunning head kick KO over MMA legend Mirko Crocop that set up his title fight with Couture.  He's a big, strong heavyweight who can fight standing and on the ground and it's great to see him back in the UFC.  Check out the kick that shocked the world after the jump.

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AMA Fight Club held a fundraising super seminar to help support medical treatment for UFC fighter Dan Miller's son, who was born with PKD, a life-threatening kidney disease. Kristen Brown covered the event, and produced this fantastic two-part video showcasing the seminar.  UFC fighter Chris Weidman was on hand as well, along with Dan's brother, UFC contender Jim Miller.  As the video shows, the event was a success, but treatment is very expensive and more funds are needed.  You can still donate and make a huge difference in this child's life.  His story is as inspirational as it is heartbreaking, and your donation will go a long way towards helping him lead a normal life.

For more info on how to donate, contact:

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Part 2 of the video after the jump.

By Kristen Brown

UFC Middleweight Dan Miller has fought some of the biggest names in the octagon, including Chael Sonnen, Joe Doerkson, Damien Maia, and Michael Bisping. However, it is not just these exciting performances that make him one of the toughest fighters in the UFC. Some of Miller’s hardest battles have come outside of the cage. Yet Miller takes everything in his life in stride and remains almost stoic. “People go through stuff all of the time. Stuff happens. Life happens,” Miller stated.

In May of 2009 shortly before Miller was to face Chael Sonnen at UFC 98, Miller experienced every parent’s worst nightmare; the loss of a child. A year later his son, Daniel James, was born with Autosomal Recessive Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD).

PKD is a life threatening, often fatal genetic disorder characterized by the growth of numerous cysts in the kidneys. Little Daniel’s kidneys began failing at only two months old and he started dialysis shortly thereafter. After being hospitalized for a few months at Children’s Hospital in Philadelphia, Pa., Daniel returned home to New Jersey to the care of his parents, Dan and Kristin. They have learned to care for Daniel and manage his condition. Although the two actually perform his dialysis on a nightly basis, Daniel still requires nursing care for approximately sixteen hours a day. This past September Daniel had both kidneys removed and he is scheduled for a kidney transplant in January of this year. Insurance does not fully cover the cost of the transplant, nor does it cover cost of the life saving medications that Daniel will require for the rest of his life.

Dan and wife Kristin were recently forced to move in with Dan’s parents because their house was too small for little Daniel, their youngest daughter Katie, three dogs, and a whole room full of Daniel’s dialysis equipment. Daniel just returned home from a two week hospital stint because of an infection but his spirits are returning to normal. Dan’s mother Barbara described her grandson as a “fun little boy who is learning new stuff every day. Physically he is a little slow, but cognitively and mentally he is incredible.”

On Dec. 3 Mike Constantino’s AMA Fight Club in Whippany, New Jersey held a Super Seminar to raise funds for the Daniel James Miller Foundation. Dan and his younger brother, UFC Lightweight Jim Miller train at AMA. Both Miller brothers were present, as well as UFC Middleweight Chris Weidman, amongst others notable names. Clothing and gear from UFC fighters were raffled off, including Weidman’s walk out shirt and gloves from UFC 139.

“There is so much stress and so much pressure that goes along with fighting. That’s why I look at him and think that he is amazing for what he did and is doing,” said Weidman. Weidman who has a young daughter around Daniel’s age also said, “It’s crazy to think that this guy was actually training and fighting top guys in the world while going through this type of personal issues. I’d do anything I could to help.”

And Long Islander Chris Weidman is not the only one getting involved and offering help to the Millers. “The way the MMA community has come out to support my brother and my nephew is just amazing. You see everyone from Dana White, Lorenzo Fretitta, the UFC, and the fans in general. Other fighters, like guys that Dan fought, that I fought are coming out and supporting one of their own,” said the younger Miller brother. Dan continued, “My wife and I are overwhelmed with the support. It’s really going to help Danny out.”

Everything the Miller family is going through is “very emotional“, but Jim summed it up and said, “There is no way to repay all of these people for their time and effort and monetary donations. We will continue to fight our asses off and hopefully put on good shows.” Despite all of the hardships and issues that Dan has faced over the past few years he does not take anything away from his opponents that have beaten him. He said, “I fought some extremely tough competition. The guys I fought were the best in the world."

Of course Dan would like to return to cage some day, however, right now his priority is his family. “Obviously I’m thinking about it because it’s a part of my life. It’s a huge part of my life and I do have the desire to fight. But right now I’m trying to focus on Daniel because it’s getting closer to transplant time. So I don’t know right now I’ll be a stay at home dad.”

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Dan "Hendo" Henderson looked great in his fight against Shogun Rua recently, and that win has put in line for a shot at Jon "Bones" Jones for the UFC LHW title.  Hendo faces a huge height and reach disadvantage against Jones, with Jones having a 5 inch height advantage and something crazy like a 14 inch reach advantage.  To most folks, those numbers would seem almost insurmountable.  But not to Randy Couture.  The former UFC LHW and HW champion feels that Hendo could very well be the man to reach--and test--Jon Jones's chin.  Speaking to ESPN, Couture said:

"I don't see reach being a huge issue. I don't see Jon being able to stay on the outside and pick Dan apart. There's going to have to be an engagement at some point in that cage and we'd get to see what type of punch Jon can take."

Jones has been masterful at picking apart his opponents from long range.  Then, once they do manage to get inside, they find themselves going for a ride.  Hendo's combination of big punching power, plus an excellent clinch game, could be the right formula. Then again, Jake Shields was able to put Hendo and his back and keep him there, and if Jones gets on top, it could be a long--or very quick--night for Hendo.

Right now, the next opponent for Jones is undecided.  If Rashad Evans wins his upcoming bout against Phil Davis, Evans will be the likely opponent.  If Davis wins, then Hendo could get his chance at the title.  We'll have to wait and see the results of that fight before we know if Henderson will get his chance to drop some H-bombs on Jon Jones.

 

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Do you want to be a fucking gambler?  The UFC hopes so.  Owned by the Ferttitta brothers, who also own Stations Casinos, the UFC has reached a deal with  Endemol, an online slot machine company, according to an article on Yahoo Sports. For now the deal will only be in the United Kingdom, but the goal is to expand to everywhere degenerate gamblers can legally throw away their money.  But make sure you don't throw it all away.  You'll still need enough for the UFC PPVs!

 

 

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Looks like the Alistair Overeem vs. Brock Lesnar fight is a go. There were rumors flying that Overeem was in hot water with the Nevada State Athletic Commission, but today everything was worked out and the December 30 bout will take place as scheduled.

The situation was that earlier this month Overeem flew back to Holland to train so he could be close to his ailing mother. Right around the same time, the NSAC notified Overeem's assistant that they wanted him to take a prefight drug test. Alistair was unaware of the request and was out of the country by the time he found out. The NSAC had to investigate whether Overeem was purposely trying to avoid the test, and in today's hearing they came to the conclusion that it was just a mix up.

In granting Overeem the license to fight, the NSAC put three conditions on it. One, Overeem must take a test when he returns to the States later this month. Two, he has to pass that test, and three, he has to take two more random tests within six months of the fight.

Overeem has been plagued by rumors of steroid use for years, but he has always tested clean. Today's hearing was only about a missed test, and it's important to note that the NSAC is on record as saying they believe the details of Overeem's account of why he missed the test.

This is all good news for MMA fans, because this is one helluva fight. I'm glad it all worked out, and look forward to the fireworks on December 30th.

 

Wild rumors are swirling around today's Nevada State Athletic Commission's agenda, which includes Alistair Overeem as one of the items to be discussed.  Rumor has it that Alistair might have left the United States to avoid a random drug test.  Although Dana White said that Overeem is still fighting Brock Lesnar, the rumor about drug testing gained some traction when ESPN's Josh Gross tweeted about it:

"White denies Overeem is off the Lesnar card. But Alistair is on Mon.'s NSAC agenda. I've heard possibly in connection w/ prefight drug test."

We'll know later tonight what the Overeem issue is with the NSAC.  It could be simply a matter of granting him a routine license, in which case the rumors would be much ado about nothing--and unfair to Overeem.  However, if Overeem does have some issues with the NSAC that prevents him from fighting Brock Lesnar, it will be a huge blow to that card.  Stay tuned for details as soon as they are available.

 

 

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For long time fans of the sport, last night's fight between Frank Mir and Antonio "Big Nog" Nogueira was as heartbreaking as it was breathtaking.  Nog came out with a vengeance and he hurt Mir with a couple of punches.  Mir fell to the ground and Nog pounced.  The legendary Brazilian fighter looked like he was going to finish Mir on the ground with strikes, but then he suddenly went for a guillotine choke.  Mir fought out of it and was able to lock on a kimura.  Nogueira did his best to roll out, but Mir rolled with him and with a sickening crack broke Nogueira's arm.

This fight was amazing, and it gives Mir the unique distinction as the first man to TKO Nogueira and the only man to submit him.  Nog's future is uncertain at this time, because he'll need a lot of time to heal up from the broken arm.  As a long time Nogueira fan, it was hard to watch him getting submitted like that, but he is a warrior and went out on his shield.  As for Frank Mir, like him or hate him, he showed why he is such a feared ground fighter.  This fight could even mean a rubber match for Mir with Brock Lesnar.

Major props to Mir for being able to snatch such a dramatic and brutal victory from the jaws of defeat.

Check out this x-ray of Big Nog's busted arm after the jump.

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