Yesterday the news broke that Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Frank Mir would do battle for a second time as the headline attraction at UFC 119 in September.
Nogueira has since posted a message to his fans on his website in which he looks forward to having the opportunity to avenge his loss to the former UFC champion back at UFC 92 in December, 2008.
“I hope this bout will be better than the first. I’ll train hard, like always, Jiu-Jitsu, boxing and my conditioning. I’m 100%, without any injury. I’ll be very well prepared for this combat. I’m ready to fight MMA, I’m improving all my skills.”
The first bout certainly didn’t go the way ‘Big Nog’ had intended, as he came off second best in the striking and found himself on the canvas several times before finally being finished by TKO in the second round.
Afterwards Nogueira cited a staph infection that had left him hospitalized before the bout as the reason for his sub-par performance and vowed to beat Mir if they ever had the chance to fight again.
That chance has now finally arrived, and though he’s respectful of Mir’s own abilities, the Brazilian is also confident in his own.
“Of course Mir has his own qualities and deserves my respect. But this time things will be different,” he assures his fans.
The concern for Nogueira’s supporters will be that since that loss, which marked the first time ‘Minotauro’ had ever been stopped inside the distance, he has also been knocked out by Cain Velasquez.
Nogueira will be keen to get back to his old form from his days in the PRIDE organization where he built a reputation as an almost indestructible fighter who always found a way to win no matter how much trouble he was in.
When he steps into the octagon on September 25th he will have a reminder of that time, as his brother Rogerio is also fighting on the same card against Ryan Bader.
“I’m very glad for having the opportunity to fight on the same day as my brother Rogério. It reminds us our good old days on Pride”, he says.