20-5 light heavyweight Antonio Rogerio Nogueira snapped a two-fight slide last month with a sound beating of Tito Ortiz at UFC 140 where he finished the former champion in the opening round of action. Prior to the victory the 35-year old Brazilian had lost back-to-back decisions to decorated wrestlers Ryan Bader and Phil Davis, two defeats that don’t necessarily sit well with Nogueira.

“Little Nog” recently spoke some about his run in the UFC thus far after an extremely successful career in PRIDE in addition to discussing the type of opponent he hopes to face next.

On the subject of his performances in the UFC, Nogueira explained to TATAME, “First time, I fought (Luiz) Cane, I knocked him out. The second time, I fought Jason Brilz and it was not an easy fight, but it was the best of the night. The first one was the knockout of the night.”

When talk turned to Davis and Bader, Nogueira stated, “(Bader) ran a lot, took me down but didn’t hit me. He was there, wasting time. Phil Davis did the same: ran, ran and didn’t hit me,” while adding he was upset he never got to showcase his skills because of their actions.

“I came determined to win right on the beginning, knock him out,” concluded Nogueira while referring to his victory over Ortiz. “Let’s set a game plan like this one for the next bout so that I can guarantee the KO.”

As far as who that “next bout” will come against, Nogueira said, “I don’t know who they will offer me. They haven’t talked about opponents…they only talked about possibilities so that they can match it up. They’ll match it up, so I’m waiting. We’re talking. Something should come up (in) the next days.”

“I don’t know,” Nogueira finished with a laugh. “Who knows (maybe) they (will) offer me a striker now, right? I’ve fought many wrestlers. The first was against a striker and then I fought four wrestlers in a row.”

Nogueira had won seven straight prior to running into Bader-Davis. Of his many impressive instances of success a few standing out include those over Alistair Overeem (x2) and Dan Henderson.


MMATraining Take: On one hand I understand Nogueira’s frustration with facing an opponent he feels was more interested in outpointing than engaging him. On the other, it’s MMA, and if you can’t handle a particular wrestler’s one-dimensional approach that’s on you as a competitor. It’s not the elementary school playground where everyone needs to play nicely.