Lots of Brazilian fans and old school observers want to see Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira return to the winning column at UFC 190, but not surprisingly, his next opponent has other ideas.
The legendary heavyweight is set to battle Stefan Struve at the August 1st event, which will mark the first time Nogueira’s fought since April, 2014. In “Minotauro’s” last outing he was bombed out by Roy Nelson in the opening round, and that defeat follow a submission loss to Fabricio Werdum in 2013.
Due to these setbacks and several injuries, the decorated fighter has only fought three times since 2011.
“He’s an amazing fighter, but I really want to show that I’m back and that I left a couple of rough years behind me. I want to show that I’m the better fighter wherever the fight goes. I want to take care of business and make it as fast as possible. I want to knock him out in the first. If not, the first or second round.”
It’s going to be an edge-of-your-seat kind of night for “Big Nog” fans, as the 39 year-old is going to have to navigate the massive reach of the 7’0 tall Struve. If Noguiera loses, then calls for him to hang up the gloves will likely be widespread. “Minotauro” has said in the past that he hopes to fight two more times…
UFC 190 will be hosted by the HSCB Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.