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Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira on Brendan Schaub: 'I'll Submit Him'

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Former Pride and interim UFC heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira will be making his long-awaited comeback at UFC 134 in Brazil against Brendan Schaub. During his long layoff he had surgery on a knee and both hips, but is back to full training and excited to get the chance to fight in front of a Brazilian crowd. Tatame caught up with him to ask him about the fight, his health, and a few other things. First and foremost, what took so long to announce the fight?

"We were waiting for the doctor to say I was good to go. I met him this week, I’ve asked the guys from UFC to wait a little longer (to tell that I’d be fighting in Rio), to check if I would have conditions to do actually do it. The doctor told me I’m ok, asked me to start training and he’ll be side by side with me until the bout, to check how I’m doing. I’m coming back after over a year without fighting, doing my trainings and regaining speed, but I’m feeling fine. I’m not 100% yet. The problem is my conditioning, because I’m completely healed from my injury."



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Post #1   5/22/11 1:40:27PM   

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Schuab by KO

Post #2   5/22/11 2:42:14PM   

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Posted by sparky

Schuab by KO



I've gotta agree. Nog is near the end and Schaub is just beginning. Probably 2nd round, possibly 1st.

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Post #3   5/22/11 3:34:54PM   

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big nog was fighting with a few injuries the past few years, he will come back stronger than he did against couture and beat schaub, he will never be the old nog but he's good enough to beat schaub who i dont think is anything special

Post #4   5/22/11 3:58:37PM   

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This is a tough fight to call. Big Nog is unwaivering whether he is winning or losing. The man does not know the meaning of quit as his whole career was highlighted by his amazing come-back(s).

As far as predictions go, all I will say is I wish Big Nog a good fight.

Post #5   5/22/11 4:28:04PM   

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I can't go with big nog anymore
I learned after the velasquez fight

Post #6   5/22/11 7:00:17PM   

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i have a feeling Schaub will be a bit too powerful for him, and over a year away from the cage doesnt help. Schaub by tko.

Post #7   5/23/11 10:57:39AM   

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Cheering for Nog but expecting Schaub to pull off the win.

Post #8   5/23/11 2:42:17PM