Rodrigo Nogueira pulled out of his UFC 149 fight with Cheick Kongo because he did not heal up completely from the arm injury he got in December when he was submitted by Frank Mir.
“I was sad because my fight was called off. Unfortunately I felt my arm in the latest trainings specifics for MMA. I can’t fight with pain and don’t have a good performance,” he wrote on Twitter.
Nogueira’s physiotherapist Angela Cortes also commented on the lesion that will prevent “Minotauro” from fighting:
“The objectives that were set to reach the prime of the preparation in the period of training had been obtained,” she says.
“But during the intense sessions of sparring Rodrigo related discomfort followed by pain in the arm that went under surgery, caused by takedowns and impact from punches on the region where the screws are placed.”
Nogueira’s injury was suffered at UFC 140 in December, when he refused to tap to a Frank Mir key lock and got the upper bone of his right arm snapped clean in half as a result. He underwent surgery and was quickly back in training - but obviously too quickly, as we see from his withdrawal.
With Rodrigo’s withdrawal, Renan Barao is going to be the one Brazilian in the card. He faces off with Urijah Faber for the interim bantamweight title. Stay tuned to Fighters Only website for an upcoming interview with Barao.