Manager says both Nogueira brothers to return to action in 2014

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Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira will be back in action in the first half of 2014 according to manager Ed Soares. Soares also discusses the controversy surrounding Antonio Rogerio's planned fight with Alexander Gustafsson.

The Nogueira brothers have been out of action for a while now recovering from injuries. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira suffered damage to his arm -- which had previously been injured against Frank Mir -- when he was submitted by Fabricio Werdum in his last fight.

Nogueira brothers manager Ed Soares says that he should be back in the next six months. MMA Junkie has the story:

Some would like to see the 37-year-old hang up the gloves after alternating wins and losses in his past eight UFC contests, but his manager insists "Big Nog" will be back in action again.

"Nogueira is getting healthy and we’re going to see him fight in the first half of 2014 for sure," Soares told MMAjunkie.

As for Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, he has been at the center of some mild controversy as of late. UFC president Dana White announced a fight between "Lil Nog" and Alexander Gustafsson without speaking to the Nogueira camp and then seemed upset when Nogueira was unable to take the fight due to injury.

Rogerio Nogueira's status was also covered:

"I think sometimes in the UFC there is a lot of moving parts and they offered the fight to me, but Rogerio was away with his brother in a place where they couldn’t get cell reception," Soares said of the miscommunication that led to the Gustafsson-Nogueira fight announcement. "Before I was able to get ahold of them, Dana announced it."

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"Rogerio said he would have loved to take the fight, he would have loved to take the challenge because he feels that’s where he’s at in his career," Soares said "To fight a guy like Gustafsson, you have to be 100 percent and he didn’t want to take the risk of taking the fight and trying to fight through [the back injury] and then all of sudden not being able to fight and have to pull out of a main event."

Soares said that he should return to action in "May or June."

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