Though Mauricio Rua’s win over Brandon Vera at UFC on FOX 4 was relatively impressive in nature, the strike-based stoppage wasn’t quite enough to outdo fellow UFC light heavyweight Lyoto Machida who instead earned top contendership with his beatdown of Ryan Bader. With a title-shot off the table, as well as Machida no longer an option to serve as an opposing coach on TUF Brasil, “Shogun” has been left without a clear direction to move in for his next outing.
Enter Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, a talented 205er in his own right who is coming off a convincing victory and has some history with Rua as well. “Little Nog” recently spoke up with his own suggestion for Rua, expressing interest in facing him first on TUF Brasil 2 and then inside the Octagon.
Nogueira, who called coaching on the Ultimate Fighter a “dream” of his, continued on in an interview with TATAME, saying, “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.”
The two fought under the PRIDE banner in an exciting encounter seeing “Shogun” emerge as the winner by way of decision.
In addition to being an interesting rematch with roots firmly planted in Brazil, as required for TUF Brasil, Nogueira is also motivated to coach based on what he witnessed when his twin brother, fellow fighter Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, headed a team on TUF 8.
“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,” concluded Nogueira.
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