Antonio Rogerio Nogueira was planning on meeting Rich Franklin early next month at UFC 133 in a match that likely would have decided his UFC future.
Lil’ Nog has lost two consecutive fights in a row, two decisions to young contenders Ryan Bader and Phil Davis. Prior to those bouts, the Brazilian veteran took home a very close split decision over the unheralded Jason Brilz. The 35-year-old recently spoke with FightersOnly.com and explained how the prospect of losing his third bout in a row was a determining factor in pulling out of the Franklin fight once he injured his shoulder.
“It certainly is not good,” Nogueira said of having dropped two straight bouts. “I have got to look for the victory now when I fight. If I am not 100 per cent it is better not to fight [than to risk it].”
Nogueira was also approached for comment on Chael Sonnen, the controversial UFC middleweight who goes out of his way to taunt Noguiera and his twin brother Antonio Rodrigo, as well as a host of other MMA legends — who usually happen to be Brazilian.
“He has been saying a lot of bullshit in order to promote himself. It’s not even good to speak much about him. He is nothing, just made a good fight with Anderson [Silva] — and even tapped and said he didn’t. We won’t give attention to a guy like him.”