Following the UFC On FOX Shogun vs. Vera event it was announced that Lyoto Machida would receive the next shot at the Light-Heavyweight Title following his impressive victory over Ryan Bader. In the main event Shogun defeated Brandon Vera, since it was announced that he would not be receiving the title shot fans and media alike have been discussing who he should face next. Names discussed include Alexander Gustafsson, Glover Teixeira and Rashad Evans one man who wants to add his name to that list is Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
“I would love to, it’d be awesome… A dream. It would be very good to me and it would be a rematch of 2005’s fight, which is something people wanna see. If I have a chance to coach the guys at TUF and also fight him, it would be amazing. Rodrigo learned a lot from TUF. He learned more about being a coach and how to make the team united and gathered. On the United States he’s seen by many as the best coach the show ever had and he got even more famous after the show.”
After withdrawing from a bout in April against Alexander Gustafsson due to injury Nogueira says he is back training and will be ready to fight in three months.
“Man, I’m back. I started training this week and I’m training Boxing, Jiu-Jitsu… I just need to train Wrestling more because I’m learning the positions and I gotta earn confidence on it. I believe in three month I can fight again.”
The fight at Pride Critical Countdown 2005 was a back and forth war between the two Brazilians with Shogun taking the unanimous decision. In his last two bouts Shogun has been in battles with Dan Henderson and Brandon Vera the rematch with Nogueira would likely be another.
As for the coaching roles on The Ultimate Fighter Brazil’s second season it was originally thought that it would be Lyoto Machida and Shogun in the coaching roles. However with Machida receiving the next title shot Nogueira would be an ideal replacement for the UFC with the popularity and profile he and his brother have in Brazil.
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