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Nogueira doesn’t want to rush comeback to the UFC

Nogueira doesn’t want to rush comeback to the UFC

June 30, 2012

Upset for having to cancel his bout at UFC 149 against Check Kongo, Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira works hard on the physiotherapy sessions on his operated arm, but does not have plans to return to the octagon.

“We don’t have a date set. I’ve stopped training, I’m just working on my cardio, riding a bike and doing physiotherapy. Now I have to get my arm healed and then I’ll make some appointments. Let’s get this done first”, said the fighter to TATAME.

Not even another UFC edition in Rio de Janeiro, which made him speed up his recovery for Brendan Schaub fight, on August of 2011, is being taken into account.

“I can’t predict things. We’re going to recover, strengthen, test.. If all these steps are followed we can think about it”.

Sad, the heavyweight explains why he had to cancel the fight against the French guy, one of the main events of UFC in Canada.

“I was feeling much pain when I started my sparring trainings and did some Wrestling moves, the impact hurt too much. It was really bad and it’s a contact sport”, tells. “It made things difficult for me to have a good performance. Pain got in the way”.

Nogueira explains that he was supposed to be 100 percent for Kongo and that is why he had signed a contract for the 149th edition of the show.

“I was 100 percent. I was doing ok, doing the preventive physiotherapy… I even hushed it (the recovery) to try to fight at UFC 147. We were doing fine but when I started the specific trainings the pain started. I wasn’t expecting it”, said.

“I was upset to clearing my schedule, but I rather be 100 percent and protect my arm then get in injured. If I’m fighting, I have to be 100 percent. If it’s ok during practice it’s a sign I’m fine”.

Source: Tatame