Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira would be the first to admit that his landslide loss to Cain Velasquez at UFC 110 was devastating, but he has already moved on and hopes to get back into the Octagon with Frank Mir soon.
Obviously, Mir’s immediate future is booked with a bout against Shane Carwin at UFC 111 on March 27th, but Nogueira would love an opportunity to avenge his UFC 92 loss to the former champion.
“Depending on the result of Frank Mir vs. Shane Carwin fight, we’d [like] to have a rematch with Frank Mir,” Nogueira’s manager Ed Soares told TATAME.
It should be noted this isn’t the same Mir that Big Nog fought over a year ago that’s meeting Carwin in a couple of weeks. Mir has concentrated on adding mass to his frame and is significantly bigger and stronger than when he was trounced by champion Brock Lesnar at UFC 100 last July.
It was Velasquez’s speed and technique that was Nogueira’s ultimate undoing. Mir has similar technique when it comes to boxing, but doesn’t nearly have the same quickness as the American Kickboxing Academy-trained fighter.
Many were wondering why Nogueira looked sluggish prior to being stopped by Mir for the first time in his career. Following the loss, reports surfaced that the Brazilian had actually suffered from a staph infection leading up to the bout.