Antonio Rogerio Nogueira Comments On Fan Concern Over His Health
Posted by Joseph Lee on 07.23.2014
In an interview with MMA Junkie, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (21-5 MMA, 4-2 UFC) spoke about fan concern over his health status leading into this Saturday's UFC on FOX 12, where he will fight Anthony Johnson (17-4 MMA, 8-4 UFC).
On being ready for the fight: "I'm very excited to go back because I'm injury-free. I was hurt for nearly two years, but now I'm fine."
On his injury history: "There were two problems during that time. I injured my neck, and that kept me from training for some time. Right after that, I hurt my knee and needed meniscus surgery. After recovery, I started training for Rashad. After Rashad, I was well and was scheduled to fight (Mauricio Rua). But toward the end of that training camp, I did some weight training, some leg exercises, and I felt a pinch in my lower back. I had just returned, from the U.S., I think. It was a long flight, and I went to exercise right after landing. I feel that's the day I hurt my back. I kept training, imagining that my back problem was minor, but then I realized that I had a hernia and a pinched nerve in my L5-S1 (lumbosacral joint). I could feel that my left leg lacked strength, with some numbness on my leg and foot, as well as sciatic pain. About 20 days before the fight, I was training every other day. And about 15 days out, I did some MMA training, but I was not able to walk afterward. And what's when I had to cancel the fight. I underwent treatment for several months. I was only able to return to training around January of this year."
On fighting Johnson: "I think he's a great adversary. This would be one the biggest challenges of my career. He's up there with ‘Shogun' and Dan Henderson. I plan to show up and give my best. I'm highly confident. I'm very focused."