A battle of Brazilian icons appears to be in the works, as news of a bout between Mauricio Rua and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira has surfaced with a summer date in mind for the match-up. Though no specific date/location have been announced, it is expected to take place in June rather than on May 18 when the UFC heads to Brazil. The two fought once before under the PRIDE banner with Rua picking up a Unanimous Decision win in a classic encounter.
Brazilian outlet TATAME was first to report the rumble. No official confirmation has been offered at this point in time.
The 21-7 “Shogun” has been a force at light heavyweight for years, winning UFC gold in 2010 and racking up past victories over the likes of Forrest Griffin, Lyoto Machida, Chuck Liddell, and Quinton Jackson. Nineteen of his triumphs have featured some form of finish with eighteen coming by TKO.
Nogueira (21-5) may lack Rua’s star-power but is definitely an apt adversary considering past success over Tito Ortiz, Dan Henderson, and Alistair Overeem. He is currently on a two-fight run including a recent outpointing of Rashad Evans.
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