Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira (left) says he will fight
at UFC 134. | Photo: D. Herbertson/Sherdog.com
Former interim UFC heavyweight champion Antonio
Rodrigo Nogueira revealed Saturday on Brazilian TV show “Globo
Esporte” that he will fight at UFC 134 “Rio”
on Aug. 27.
Nogueira was discussing the surgeries he underwent last year --
including one on his hip and a reconstructive procedure on his knee
-- when he declared that he will compete on the card, which takes
place at the HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro.
“The biggest MMA promotion in the world will be back in Brazil
after 14 years and I’ll be there, steady and strong.”
Nogueira did not disclose his opponent, but made clear his desire
to co-headline the event, which is currently a slot expected to be
filled by Mauricio
“Shogun” Rua vs. Forrest
Silva will fight in the main event [against Yushin
Okami] and I'm looking forward to fighting in the co-main
The 34-year-old Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt last saw action in a
February 2010 knockout loss to now-UFC heavyweight champion
Colin Foster contributed to this report.