Undefeated jiu-jitsu specialist Talita Nogueira could soon become the latest addition to the UFC women's bantamweight division.
The decorated world champion revealed that her manager is currently in negotiations with the UFC's matchmaker and hopes to get a deal ironed out sooner rather than later.
"My manager is talking to Sean Shelby and the UFC, that's why I'm staying in shape and training hard already," Nogueira told MMAFighting.com. "I always competed at 163 pounds in jiu-jitsu, so I cut down to 145 to fight MMA. But the UFC only has the 135 weight class, so I have to go down to 135. I'm staying at 151 now so it's going to be easy to cut to 135."
Apart from her notable achievements as a jiu-jitsu blackbelt, Nogueira is also 6-0 as a professional mixed martial artist and is looking to add to those wins in the octagon. While she does not expect an immediate shot at the reigning champion, she believes her background will give her the necessary tools to expose Ronda Rousey's "flaws."
"I always said, since day one, that a good jiu-jitsu girl, with a good strategy, beats Ronda Rousey. She has a lot of flaws in her jiu-jitsu. Maybe I defeat her with an armbar. Who knows?"
Nogueira did not take kindly to Rousey's comments regarding jiu-jitsu practitioners, and suggested that the champ may not even be able to hold her own against a world champion purple belt.
"We know it's all marketing, she wants headlines, but she was disrespectful with the jiu-jitsu girls," Nogueira responded. "She already lost in judo, now she says she can beat any jiu-jitsu black belt? I don't even think she beats a top purple belt like Ana Carolina Vieira."