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Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Welcomes Stefan Struve’s Challenge

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira will be out of action for at least three months due to another surgery required on his arm. It’s the second time the Brazilian has injured his arm during a fight. The first came when Frank Mir broke it in late 2011.

As Nogueira heals his wound, he’s already thinking about whom he wants in his return and Stefan Struve’s name keeps popping up.

“It is an added stimulus to know that someone is willing to face me,” said Nogueira to TATAME. “This encourages me to come back faster. When you have a goal, you struggle more. These challenges help me move. [Struve’s] a big guy, trading a bit and play on the floor. It’s a good fight, against a guy with a good level which deserves respect.”

Struve is 9-4 for the UFC with losses to top contenders Junior dos Santos, Roy Nelson, Travis Browne and Mark Hunt. In his defeat to Hunt, Struve had his jaw broken in the final round which has kept him away from the Octagon since March of this year.

Nogueira was submitted by Fabrício Werdum at UFC on FUEL TV 10 at the top of the month. The two were opposing coaches on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) Brazil.

Neither fighter is linked to a fight as they remain on the disabled list.