Antonio Rogerio Nogueira has had an up and down UFC career since debuting in November 2009. He posted a highlight reel KO victory over Luiz Cane but then delivered underwhelming performances against wrestlers Jason Brilz, Ryan Bader, and Phil Davis before returning to form this past December when he finished former champion Tito Ortiz in the first round.
Despite holding a black belt in jiu-jitsu, the younger Nogueira brother prefers to stand and trade with his opponents. In an interview with Tatame.com, “Lil Nog” said, “I guess I can fight anywhere, but I rather stand-up because fans dig the knockouts and I’m a fighter who likes giving the KO to the fans.”
Next up for Nogueira is Alexander Gustafsson, in the main event of UFC on FuelTV 2, which happens to be taking place in Gustafsson’s home country of Sweden. Much to the Brazilian’s delight, his opponent is also known for his striking. “I train harder when I’m fighting a striker, I really like training Muay Thai, Boxing. I guess I can do a good fight,” said Nogueira. “Tito Ortiz came to strike against me, and I got the knockout. Cane tried to stand-up and I got to knock him out. I can do a good fight against striker.”
Where does a win put Nogueira in a deep light heavyweight division, well according to the man himself, that depends on how the victory comes. “I really want to get a knockout to be in a good position,” stated “Lil Nog”. “I’m a fighter who doesn’t like to get stuck during the fight. It’s hard to see me doing that. If I take someone down, I’ll try to use the ground and pound until the end. If I’m standing up I’ll go for the knockout.”
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