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Lil' Nog wants spot on next UFC Brazil card, eyes rematches with Shogun and Bader

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira talks about the next step in his career, as he would welcome a rematch with Ryan Bader and Mauricio Rua on September 24, in Brazil.

MMA: UFC Fight Night-Nogueira vs Cummins
Patrick Cummins and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
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Antonio Rogerio Nogueira is ready for his next challenge. As the 40-year old told Portal do Vale Tudo, he is now healing from an injury suffered during his last match, but he already knows when he wants to perform again, and that is on the next Brazil card, on September 24, in the country's capital, Brasilia.

"I hurt my knee a little in my last fight,” Nogueira said. “But I'm already treating it. I want to be 100% to fight again if there's an opportunity. I've been only training lightly for now. Mostly only jiu-jitsu positions, to see if I can be 100% to fight in Brasilia."

Furthermore, Nogueira also has a couple of names he would like to meet in his home country. Both of which are opponents he has met before.

"Actually, I would like two rematches,” Nogueira said. “One against Mauricio Shogun and the other against Ryan Bader. I think both fights were really close and I wasn't satisfied with the result. There's a lot of people in the weight class, but these are the two I would like to fight. I want to fight Top 10 guys so I can climb up the rankings."

In his last outing, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira scored an upset TKO against Patrick Cummins, at UFC 198. The win snapped a two-fight losing skid to the likes of Mauricio Rua and Anthony Johnson.

Although Ryan Bader is already scheduled to meet Ilir Latifi on September 3, Mauricio Rua, who currently rides a two-fight winning streak, has no bouts lined up.