For the first time in the UFC, brothers Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira and Antonio Rogerio “Minotouro” Nogueira will be on the same card, as both are signed to fights at UFC 140 on December 10.
The two have competed on the same night five other times, going a combined 7-3 in fights.
Luiz Carlos Dorea, the boxing coach for both men, is confident that a clean sweep by his fighters will happen in December.
“With Rodrigo and Rogerio fighting together, it’s twice as exciting…It’ll be one of the best cards of the year,” Dorea told Tatame.com in an interview recently.
Rodrigo (33-6) is coming off a surprising knockout victory over Brendan Schaub at UFC 134 in August, putting him right back on track to make another run at the UFC heavyweight title. Rodrigo will look to avenge one of his two career losses inside the UFC when he meets Frank Mir.
“It’s a completely different story now, he’s 100-percent,” Dorea said, about Rodrigo avenging a loss to Mir at UFC 92 as he battled a staph infection. “He got healed from the injuries, he’s a completely new athlete now…This rematch has been wanted by all Brazilians. It’ll be a great fight, everything we were hoping for.”
Rogerio (19-5) is just 2-2 since signing with the UFC, including back-to-back losses to Ryan Bader and Phil Davis. He will meet Tito Ortiz in a fight that was originally scheduled for earlier this year before being called off due to an injury suffered by Ortiz.
“Tito is a great athlete and it’ll be a very good fight,” Dorea said. “Rogerio was doing great for his bout with Rich Franklin, but unfortunately got injured…The fans are really longing to see this fight.”
Rogerio and Franklin were set to meet at UFC 133, but Rogerio was knocked out of the bout due to a shoulder injury.
UFC 140 takes place from the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.