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Antonio Rogerio Nogueira targets December return, calls out Rampage Jackson

Lil' Nog feels like Quinton Jackson would match up well with his style in the Octagon, and he wants to stay active while he's healthy.

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
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Antonio Rogerio Nogueira is injury free and he wants to make the most of it. Unlike his twin brother Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, who just retired from MMA, Lil' Nog would like to fight one more time before the year ends and he already has set his sights on one target: Quinton Jackson.

"I think Rampage would be a great fight for me. He comes at you, likes to exchange strikes." Nogueira told Lancenet. "He makes beautiful fights and I think he matches up well with me for that style of fight. I will probably be back in December. I even thought of being on this Sao Paulo card in November, but that one is pretty much filled and I did not get the call. Vitor Belfort and Glover Teixeira will be there, so I should fight in December.  I had a good fight against Mauricio Rua and I'd like to keep going like this out of competitiveness."

Nogueira is looking to snap a two-fight losing streak with losses to Anthony Johnson and Shogun Rua. Jackson had a three-fight winning streak in Bellator before coming back to the UFC with a unanimous decision win over Fabio Maldonado last April. He is currently dealing with a lawsuit from Bellator though, and his status is up in the air at this point.

Though both fighters are Pride veterans, they have never met in the ring before.