It’s a light heavyweight bout this summer at UFC camp with a battle between Mauricio Rua and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. UFC considers Rua and Nogueira as two if its best division fighters plus UFC also knows that fans just can’t wait for another light heavyweight clash soon.
The news of the event spread like wildfire and was already out as UFC 161 which will be held on June 15, 2013 at the MTS Centre, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. This is the first time UFC airs from Manitoba and Canadian fans from the province are truly delighted.
To remember that Rua has already defeated Nogueira in June 2005 in Pride FC – Critical Countdown 2005; Rua won via unanimous decision.
Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is a 31 year old light heavyweight from Curitiba, Parana, Brazil. He has a 21 win and 7 losses professional MMA career record. His last fight was a loss against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC on Fox 5 Henderson versus Diaz in December 2012 via unanimous decision. Before this loss were a series of wins and losses since he started at UFC in January 2007. He bas braved facing terrible fighters but was not lucky in achieving victory like Lyoto Machida, Jon Jones and Dan Henderson. But life was not that hard for Shogun; he has also won against great contenders like Brandon Vera, Forrest Griffin, Lyoto Machida (after he lost) Chuck Lidell and Mark Coleman.
On the other hand, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira is from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; he is 36 years of age with 21 wins and only 5 losses in his professional MMA career. His last fight was a win over Rashad Evans at UFC 156 Aldo versus Edgar in February 2013 via unanimous decision; before this win was also a victory and this was against Tito Ortiz in UFC 140 Jones versus Machida in December 2011 via technical knockout in just 3 minutes and 15 seconds of round one. But before these wins, Nogueira had 2 back to back losses: one was in September 2012 against Ryan Bader in UFC 119 and another one against Phil Davis in UFC Fight Night 24. Both win was via unanimous decision.
UFC 161 will be headlined by a light heavyweight bout against Dan Henderson versus Rashad Evans. More details about UFC 161 will be announced soon as MMA fans await this summer offering from UFC.