Antonio Rogerio Nogueira isn’t remotely interested in fighting Chael Sonnen, seeing “The American Gangster” as a marketing tool.
“Chael talks trash, he’s pure marketing,” said Nogueira to MMA Fighting. “If we keep talking about him, that’s what he wants. He fought three times for the world title and got beat up. He tried to make his name when Anderson was fighting him injured and we all saw what happened in the second fight.”
Those title defeats came from Anderson Silva and Jon Jones. Sonnen will look for his first win since a January 2012 decision over Michael Bisping, as he takes on Brazil’s Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.
Rua makes his first appearance of the year. He took a loss to light heavyweight No. 1 contender Alexander Gustafsson over the winter.
The duo headlines UFC Fight Night 26, which is August 16. It hails from the TD Garden in Boston, MA.
Nogueira pulled out of UFC 166 with a back injury. He was set for a rematch with Rua.