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Antonio Rogerio Nogueira Excited For Challenge From Rashad Evans

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira will be taking on another former UFC champion when he meets Rashad Evans in 2013. The two are expected to be a featured bout at UFC 156: Aldo vs. Edgar from Las Vegas.

Following a convincing TKO victory vs. Tito Ortiz in late 2011, Nogueira (20-5) has been waiting in the wings for a chance to improve his stock in the 205-pound division. In Evans, he’ll receive the kind of opponent that a win over can vault a fighter into title contention.

“It will be a great challenge, and these are the challenges that make me train harder,” said Nogueira, in a recent interview with “I was unable to train (earlier this year) due to an injury on my knee, but challenges like this make me train harder and better; as I trained for the fight against Tito Ortiz.”

Nogueira had a seven-fight win streak snapped in 2010 when he lost to Ryan Bader, and he followed that up with a defeat at the hands of Phil Davis. That marked the first losing streak of Nogueira’s career.

“It must be a really great challenge,” Nogueira said. “I’m at a stage in my career, with my experience in making big fights, that this will be a great bout.”

Evans (17-2-1) has not fought since April, when he was bested by UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones via decision. The loss snapped a four-fight win streak for “Suga.”