Following in the footsteps of UFC middleweight champion Anderson
Rodrigo Nogueira (pictured) has signed an endorsement deal with
a Brazilian soccer club for his appearance at UFC 134.
While Silva inked a contract with Corinthians, Nogueira was
presented Wednesday as an official spokesmen for Sport Club
Internacional. Nogueira will carry Internacional's patch on his
shorts when he steps into the Octagon against fellow UFC
Schaub on Saturday. After the event, the club and the athlete
will discuss the possibility of extending the partnership if it is
In signing the former Pride and UFC champion, the Rio Grande do
Sul-based club hopes to receive more visibility at Saturday's UFC
134, going down in Rio de Janeiro. This Wednesday night,
Internacional will face Argentine club Independiente for the
South-American Recopa title. Internacional's marketing department
has prepared a special video to show on the stadium's big screen
during the match.
Nogueira has already been photographed for Internacional's official
website wearing the team's T-shirt and has challenged the team's
cross-city rival, Gremio.
“Now I'm Internacional with all my heart. I want to see Gremio
bring a heavyweight to knock me down,” said Nogueira, who has
traditionally supported Brazilian club CR Vasco da Gama.
“I will do my best to represent the club the best way I can. This
week, we'll fight for two titles: Recopa, with the soccer team, and
UFC 'Rio,' with me.”