Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Won’t Fight Junior dos Santos, Still WantsTop Ten Opponents

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prophecy033
10/15/12 3:01:28PM
Since defeating Tim Sylvia to win the UFC heavyweight title in 2008, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira has alternated between wins and losses in the division.

A masterful performance has been followed up with a tough loss every time for Nogueira, but after having his arm shattered by Frank Mir at UFC 140 last year, the Brazilian legend returned to form with his own submission victory over Dave Herman on Saturday night.

Following the win, the questions of retirement kept coming at Nogueira, but he says that he’s still got time left in fighting, and he wants to spend it gunning for the best fighters in the UFC heavyweight division

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airkerma
10/15/12 3:07:03PM
I wouldn't worry about fighting JDS just yet, Nog. What I would truly like to see would be a rematch with Mir, but being that he's 0-2, a third match wouldn't make much sense. I don't think he would fight BiggySmallFoot, and if he wants a top 10 that cuts down the list quite a bit. Possible matchups in that region (more or less) would be Rothwell, Werdum, or Struve. All in or within 2 fighters of top 10 and all without an opponent, as far as I know.
jjeans
10/15/12 3:11:44PM
Kongos the most interesting to me

Kongo seems to be in love with wrestling currently and Nog seems to love striking

I'd be very keen to watch
prophecy033
10/15/12 3:20:51PM

Posted by jjeans

Kongos the most interesting to me

Kongo seems to be in love with wrestling currently and Nog seems to love striking

I'd be very keen to watch

I'd like to see Nog v Struve. Both coming off wins
BuffaloDave
10/15/12 5:40:07PM

Posted by prophecy033


Posted by jjeans

Kongos the most interesting to me

Kongo seems to be in love with wrestling currently and Nog seems to love striking

I'd be very keen to watch

I'd like to see Nog v Struve. Both coming off wins



Was just coming into the thread to say I want to see him fight Struve too! Recently I have been saying Struve should fight Big Foot next, but now I'm leaning towards him fighting Nog.
bjj1605
10/15/12 6:16:01PM
"I don't want to fight the champion, but I would love to ruin all your top contenders before they get a shot at the title."

Bubbles
10/15/12 6:28:12PM
Werdum vs Big Nog II It's been over 6 years since their last and both have improved striking with awesome jitz
JLS1980
10/15/12 7:57:24PM
Nice win over Herman but lets be real, Big Nog isn't even close to a fight with JDS. IMO JDS would KTFO of Big Nog very quickly.

Big Nog vs Werdum or Struve would be good in my book.

JDS has Cain, Overeem and Cormier in that order as long as he wins and one of these guys don't lose.
BuffaloDave
10/15/12 8:15:57PM

Posted by Bubbles

Werdum vs Big Nog II It's been over 6 years since their last and both have improved striking with awesome jitz



I wouldn't mind seeing that either.