Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs Maurcio Rua by Joshboy

This fight will take place in the co-main event at ufc 190. This event will take place at the HSBC arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

 

Mauricio "shogun" Rua is 33 years old and stands in at 6ft 1in tall and has a reach of 76 inches. He has a record of 22 wins and 10 losses and made his debut in 2002. Shogun is a big name and has had some great fights over the years in the Ufc and back when he was fighting in Japan for Pride fc. He was the pride fc middleweight grand prix winner and is a former ufc light heavyweight champion although he never successfully defended his title as he lost his first defence to Jon Jones. His stand up is very good, he has very good muay thai and mixes up his strikes well with a barrage of punches and kicks and he uses knees well in the clinch as well. He can however throw his technique out the window and can get reckless. He has been improving his wrestling and has been looking for takedowns in recent fights. His takedown defence is ok but it depends on who is trying to take him down really. On the ground he is a black belt in bjj and likes to go for leg locks, sometimes in a standing position from the clinch but he only has 2 submission wins on his record. He comes into this fight having lost 4 of his last 5 fights and he was finished in 3 of those 4 losses. He has been knocked out in his last 2 fights and the chin is starting to look quite fragile after all the great wars he has been in.

 

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira is 39 years old and stands at 6ft2inches tall and has a 75 inch reach. "Little Nog" has a record of 21 wins and 6 losses and made his debut in 2000. Little nog is the twin brother of Minotauro Nogueira who is also fighting on this card. He has good stand up skills and uses his very crisp boxing to great effect. He has actually boxed for the Brazilian national team back in 2006 where he won gold in the south American games and again in 2007 when he won bronze in the Pan American games. He primarily uses boxing and doesn't throw many other strikes. His wrestling has become quite a good weapon as well. His defence is better than his offence but he doesn't usually go for takedowns as he is usually happy to keep it on the feet. His takedown defence is strong though as he showed against former ufc champion Rashad Evans. Evans has great wrestling and "little Nog" was able to defend the takedowns and out strike Rashad on the feet to take a unanimous decision. This was his 2nd from last fight in the octagon. On the ground he his a 3rd degree black belt in bjj and is dangerous there as well. In his last fight nogueira was knocked out by Anthony Johnson who has just fought for the title and is one of the most powerful and athletic strikers in all of mma so there was no shame in that.

 

These 2 fought back in 2005 when shogun won the pride grand prix. Shogun defeated Nogueira in the semi final by decision but it was a very back and forth close fight. It was very entertaining and it won fight of the year. Since then shogun has gone on to achieve more in the sport if im being honest but during this time shogun has had multiple wars and some of the best fights in the sport. This is great but in recent fights you can tell that these fights have taken their toll on his body and chin. He has been knocked out 4 times but it is also all the wars where he has been taking some big punches that have had such a negative effect on him. Although shogun is younger than Nogueira he had more fights and his fights have been a lot more brutal. He has been knocked out twice as many times that Nogueira as well. Also you would have to go back to 2011 to find anyone that shogun has beaten in the top of the division which was Forrest Griffin. In the last 4 years he has 2 wins against Brandon Vera who isn't in the ufc anymore and James te Huna who has dropped down to middleweight and is an average fighter really. It was only 2 years ago that Nogueira beat 1 of the top fighters in the division In Rashad Evanspin
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Tip Bookmaker Odds * Stake Result
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira Bet365 2.70 4 Cancelled PUSH (Stake return)
* Odds as of post published time and are subject to change.
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