Former Pride and interim UFC champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira might be 37, but he is showing no signs of looking at retirement. Big Nog (34-8-1, 1 NC) was submitted by Fabricio Werdum in the main event of UFC on Fuel 10 and was forced to undergo minor surgery after the bout. According to UFC Tonight though, the surgery was a "big success" and he'll start training again in August. So who will he face in his next trip to the octagon? It could very well be Stefan Struve.
A ton of you want me and Nog to go at it, and I have to say I love that fight! Respect him but would love to scrap with him! Me vs Big Nog?— Stefan Struve (@StefanStruve) June 18, 2013
MMA Fighting's Ariel Helwani asked Big Nog about it, and reported on UFC Tonight that he was down for the fight:
"Stefan Struve has called for a fight with Big Nog. Big Nog has made a statement to Struve: ‘The bigger they are, the harder they fall. Let's get it on.'"
Personally, I love that fight. It's a good style matchup, and both men are sitting just outside the top 10 right now. This seems like logical matchmaking and I hope they can get it set up for late in the year.
Minor update: Struve responds to Big Nog's comment: