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Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira to Battle The “Skyscraper” in UFC Return

Kelsey Mowatt

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira

The Ultimate Fighting Championship’s August 1st card in Rio de Janeiro will feature both of the legendary Nogueira brothers, as today the promotion announced that “Minotauro” Nogueira will battle Stefan Struve at the event. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, or “Minotoro”, is booked to fight “Shogun” Rua at UFC 190.

Nogueira (34-9-1) will be fighting for the first time since last April, when he was taken out by Roy Nelson. Prior to the defeat, Nogueira was submitted by Fabricio Werdum, and had to undergo arm surgery afterwards. The decorated fighter and former UFC interim heavyweight champ has been sidelined with several injuries in recent years, and as a result, Nogueira has fought only five times since 2010.

The 38 year-old’s last win took place in October, 2012, when Nogueira tapped Dave Herman out with a second round, armbar.

Struve (25-7) is looking to get back on track as the 7’0 tall fighter has been stopped by Alistair Overeem and Mark Hunt in back-to-back bouts. The “Skyscraper” missed most of last year, however, after he was diagnosed with a rare heart condition. Prior to the defeats the 27 year-old heavyweight had won four in a row, which included a stoppage win over the #4 ranked Stipe Miocic.

So, that’s an intriguing match-up, and it will certainly help move tickets in Brazil. Nogueira is a big, big name in the MMA world, but particularly in his native Brazil. It will be interesting to see how the renowned fighter looks against Struve, who is a tough fight for anyone. Another loss for “Big Nog”, at this stage of the game, would be a massive setback.

Nogueira is no longer a top 15 ranked heavyweight, while Struve is positioned at #15.

UFC 190 will also feature bantamweight champ Ronda Rousey taking on the #7 ranked Bethe Correia. The card will be hosted by the HSBC Arena.

No other bouts have been announced yet for the upcoming event.

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