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Big Nog’s double knee / double hip rehab

While most UFC fighters spend the months leading up to their fights training new techniques and disciplines, Big Nog has spent the past six months relearning how to walk. In addition to having both of his knees reconstructed, he also had his hips done. What that entails I have no idea but it certainly took some crazy rehab. Sherdog has the details:

“Clinically, he’s been reset,” Cortes says. “He has to maintain the stability of the hip, do the groundwork and prevention. A lot of times in practice, the front of the hip caught, which resulted in a loss of movement in the medium- to long-term. It takes away from the stability [of the joint], which he needs.”

Nogueira has remained dedicated to his rehabilitation.

“It’s funny; sometimes he comes to my office, where he’s provided with all the support he needs, and the other patients urge him to stay longer because it’s working,” Cortes says. “They all think positive. It’s two to three times a week, a solid two hours per day. Before, it was five or six hours a day because I had to prepare him for the second surgery and needed him to get him off crutches from the first surgery. It’s just another part of his story of overcoming [the odds]. His whole life has been about overcoming.”

Getting Nogueira away from the crutches was a defining moment in his recovery.

“He was unsure,” Cortes says. “I had a day in mind, and I didn’t tell him I was taking them, but it was almost like he read my mind and said, ‘Give me three or four days.’ I put him to work in the pool. When he finished, Rodrigo went to get out of the water and asked me for the crutches. I told him no, that I’d be his crutch.

“There was a small rise off the pool, and I told him to push me as we ascended,” she adds. “When he got up the stairs, he said, ‘Now, give me my crutches.’ And I said, ‘For what? You pushed me; you didn’t hold on to me. You’re already walking.’ I worked on him psychologically.”

It’s an inspiring story, especially on top of the fact that Nog has already overcome being run over by a fucking truck during his childhood. But jeez. If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard of a UFC fighter returning from a surgery that would end most mere mortals’ careers, I’d have … well, like twenty or thirty bucks. That may not seem like a lot of money, but that’s a pretty large number of guys coming back from horrific knee injuries and spinal fusions and all sorts of other traumatic shit.

The logical assumption is that fighters come back from these kinds of things weaker than they were before. But not Big Nog! No! We can rebuild him! We have the technology! Now that both his knees have been re-glued and his hips have been … hip-doctored, I’m sure he’s gonna be at 110 percent! We’ll find out at UFC Rio, when Brendan Schaub will try to add him to his highlight reel.

  • Mixed Martial Adam

    *sigh* Big Nog should be fighting Cro Cop in Brazil, not Brendan Schuab.

    Pair Schuab and Nelson together for a rematch and let Cro Cop and Big Nog do their thing rather than using old PRIDE legends as kindling for mediocre fighters. Sure, Mirko and Nog’s experience could earn them both wins, but more than likely they’ll be ko’d into retirement by stronger, faster opponents that no one really gives a shit about.

    If Schuab beats Nog it means nothing as Nog has been rebuilt surgically and is ancient in fight years. If Nelson beats Cro Cop it means nothing because Cro Cop has already shown us that he’s done in the sport and the fire is gone. So, we have two legends that have one or two matches left in them, fighting up and comers that are almost certainly going to be facing each other after their repective bouts anyway.

    Great booking Joe, it’s pointless AND disrespectful to the old guard.




  • G Funk

    I pretty much didn’t understand anything in the quotes section.

  • Symbul

    Gonna be a bad night for Big Nog. :(

  • Reverend Clint

    god damn nog is old

  • DJ ThunderElbows

    So he’s a Sy Berg now?

  • Redping

    you guys are such haters. Nog got knocked out by cain velasquez and you’re writing him off against one of the worst heavyweights, who knocked cro cop out in the 3rd round via cro cop literally headbutting his fist while throwing a left low kick.

    Big Nog actually doesn’t throw left low kicks and isn’t a south paw, and is actually quite proficient at boxing, and also has this ‘ground game’ thing you might’ve heard about. I know its fun to hate on wandy and cro cop for sucking but lets take into account the fact that Nog has only been knocked out by the champ and with a staph infection, and other than that has had great performances in the cage against couture most recently. Sure he’s had some problems but so has Tito and you’re all on his nuts like he doesn’t suck of all of a sudden. Big Nog has a very good chance of taking this fight either via submission or by sticking and moving, if he truly is in good shape when he comes in. But Brendan Schaub is about the smallest test possible, I mean Cro Cop would be an easy ‘tune up’ fight but we only give them to people like Alves and Sonnen

    Give a brother a break – a nog brother that is.

  • Letibleu

    So what your saying is if Nog fails this small test he is over?

  • glassjawsh

    resistance is futile!

  • G Funk

    long posts r dum

  • Redping

    ^^ so I guess you never read the articles, and just your own comments? If you’re too dumb to read you can just read the last few sentences and it generally summarises what all the smarty pants are saying.

    If Nog doesnt beat Schaub, he’s obviously past his prime. But what I’m saying is that he has a good chance of it, lets write him off AFTER he loses to a bad heavyweight, not beforehand, otherwise you might end up looking stupid

  • iamphoenix

    i never read redpings posts. he uses too many words that don’t need to be there. maybe if you could go back after you right a post and just simply delete every other word i might read it. also, wtf is a redping. off putting my friend.

  • iamphoenix

    for example:

    ^so guess never the , and your comments? you’re dumb read can read last sentences it summarises all smarty are.

    If doesnt Schaub, obviously his . But I’m is he a chance it, write off he to bad, not, otherwise might up stupid

    see, it isn’t so hard is it now is it isn’t it now?

  • OOm

    as long as he trains orehvere, in croatia with some anonymous guys, far away from the true camp ( in the states or similar) he’s not gonna do anything big unfortunatelly i adore mirko but that’s not the way to prepare yourself for a fight look at anderson silva, carwin,gsp etc all preparing in great camps

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