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Little Nog: Fighting on the same card as my twin brother 'makes me nervous'

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Antonio Rogerio Nogueira reveals he doesn't like to fight on the same night as his twin brother, Rodrigo. Also promises to deliver a fight as exciting as his first encounter with Mauricio Shogun.

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
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The Nogueira brothers will be together on the same card for the first time since UFC 140, back in 2011. In that occasion, only Little Nog emerged victorious with a first round TKO over Tito Ortiz, while his brother suffered a broken arm due to a kimura by Frank Mir. At UFC 190, Rogerio and Rodrigo Nogueira will face Mauricio Shogun and Stefan Struve, respectively. It will be the 7th time the two brothers have shared a billing. And, at least for Little Nog, it makes he's not too happy be on the same card as his twin brother.

"I don't like it, it makes me nervous, man. I never liked it. Rodrigo tricked me, because my fight was scheduled first," said Minotouro to Combate.

As for his rematch with Shogun, Rogerio is aware many things have changed and they are both 10 years older than the first time they faced off, however, he still believes he has it in him to give a fight just as memorable for the fans in Rio.

"A lot has changed since then. I was very focused on boxing, but now I have improved my takedown defense. I have been facing a lot of wrestlers, so I have been able to defend most takedowns well. I'm intensifying muay thai and jiu-jitsu, too. The first fight left a big hype, so now people wait for a great rematch. I'm preparing to do another fight like that one. Last year I injured myself, but now I'm back and I have been able to train all those six months this year. I'm confident."

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Mauricio Rua will be the co-main event for UFC 190 in Rio de Janeiro, on August 1, which will be headlined by female bantamweight title fight between Ronda Rousey and Bethe Correia.