“There are lots of good guys in [the UFC light heavyweight division], including Brazilians, that are showing their strength, like Thiago Silva, Lyoto, myself, there are a lot of strong guys in the division, the Americans as well, like Jardine, Evans, the category is very strong. I hope that the Brazilians dominate the division. God willing, it will happen… I would like to have the fight with Shogun again. Shogun is a great fighter, a great champion and he was in the best stage of his career till today. He has his merits, at the end of the fight I tried to take his back… If I had finished the fight there at his back, I would have been able to change the story of the fight.”
UFC light heavyweight contender Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, who made his Octagon debut at UFC 106 earlier this month with a first-round KO of Luis Cane, talks to Fighters Only about his hopes to rematch Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Nogueira and Rua first squared off at PRIDE Critical Countdown 2005, with “Shogun” earning a unanimous decision win.
Rua returns to action in a rematch with 205-pound champ Lyoto Machida at UFC 113 in May, while Nogueira is also likely to fight again before the pair could rematch by the end of 2010.