Below is an inspiring video that highlights the courageousness and heart of Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira.
Nogueira’s mental toughness comes as no surprise to those who knew him as a youngster. He was only nine years old when he was run over by a truck. The near fatal accident left Nogueira in a coma with serious internal injuries. Both legs were broken and a rib perforated his liver, forcing removal of part of the organ and of one of his ribs. His diaphragm was also injured. He had to breathe through a machine and was hospitalized for eleven months.
Following his release from the hospital, no one in their right mind could have guessed that Nogueira would become a prized professional fighter. Fortunately, he never gave up and didn’t let the naysayers hold him down.
“You have come into a hard world. I know of only one easy place in it, and that is the grave.” – Henry Ward Beecher