Shogun versus Lil Nog in the works for June UFC event

Just as Pride veterans Wanderlei Silva and Mark Hunt made their mark upon the MMA world in a big way this weekend, it appears that two stars from that era will face off again this summer.

According to Brazilian sports outlet Tatame, vaunted striker Mauricio “Shogun” Rua is rumored to rematch Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at a yet-to-be-named June event. The bout is one that has been discussed for a while now, and the timing is right with Lil Nog coming off a win over the surprisingly sluggish Rashad Evans at UFC 156.

The two fought a back-and-forth battle at Pride Critical Countdown in 2005, where Shogun took home the win. Now, the tables have turned a bit, as Nogueira looks to ride the momentum he has gained with victories over Tito Ortiz and Evans. Nogueira had looked to avenge his loss to Shogun, but injuries kept him on the shelf until lately, where he has looked effective but not incredible in beating two former champions (perhaps in the twilight of their careers however).

Shogun, on the other hand, has put on some entertaining bouts during his tenure in the UFC. But his career has been on a rollercoaster as of late, evident by his recent TKO of Brandon Vera followed by a clear-cut unanimous decision loss to Alexander Gustafsson in December. He has been unpredictable in the UFC, whereas in Pride he was a wrecking ball rolling through tough competition left and right. Those wars have most likely begun to take their toll upon his body.

It will be interesting to see how much gas these two warriors have left in the tank, but if last weekend is any indication, this bout could be a war. While the exact event location has not been pinpointed at this point, there’s no doubt in my mind that this fight could serve as a great co-main event for a PPV or headline a Fuel or FX card.  

I see this as potentially a great bout. Who do you think will emerge victorious? Either way, Pride fighters aren’t ready to hand the reigns over to the new generation just yet.


19 Comments

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    falcon4917

    March 4, 2013 at 12:12 pm

    I honestly think this will be over very quickly by TKO and Shoguns hand raised. I don't see an even fight here. Stylistically of coarse, If I thought it would hit the mat I would sway the other way.

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    David Saucier

    March 4, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    This should be an awesome rematch their first fight is considered by some to be one of the best Pride fights ever

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    Evan Holober

    March 4, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    Rematch of one of my favorite fights in MMA history. Now just move Belfort off the Rockhold fight, and schedule Wanderlei vs. Vitor 2 on the same event.

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      Bryan Fontez

      March 4, 2013 at 1:18 pm

      I think Wanderlei would no longer be alive if he faced Vitor Belfort. I'm not interested in viewing a murder so Rockhold vs Belfort sits well with me.

      I know you guys are all jacked up on Wanderlei recently, I get it, and I'm not gonna say his win was lucky. But he doesn't have it anymore man, you can see it. He got rocked 4-5 times by punches that didn't have much on them.

      I'm literally scared for Wanderlei at this point. I don't wanna see any more, the guy has already had his face completey reconstructed and can't even breath out of his nose. And now his chin is gone. He needs to stop man. Seriously.

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        Evan Holober

        March 4, 2013 at 2:51 pm

        Yea, I'm not sure we could be any futher in disagreement.

        First off, of course Wanderlei isn't what he once was. He's been in wars with greats, and non greats alike. He's bound to have lost a little something. However, lets also be clear about what he was at his height, an open puncher that got rocked in half the fights he entered. Brian Stann has humongous power, and he hit Wand clean 5+ times. Wanderlei's chin has faltered over time, but standing up to what he was hit with Saturday shows it still has life.

        If he wants to stop, he'll stop. However, he's not getting face planted like Liddell was everytime out when he retired. So if he wants to keep going, I'll watch.

        Vitor would obviously be the favorite, but if its at 205 (and both wanna take some muscle juice which I think both are on at the moment, legally or not) I think it'd be a lot of fun.

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    KeithFarrell

    March 4, 2013 at 1:26 pm

    A rematch by one of the greatest fights of all time but I have a feeling it won't be as brilliant as the first time.

    The way guys fight now isn't the same, nothing wrong with that it's but the way grappling and striking flows in a back and forth battle is rarely seen these days like it was in that battle.

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    SatelliteMan

    March 4, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Not sure if I agree with all the 'lil nog gonna get killed banter'. I think this fight will be a war. Both guys super tough, neither too interested in boring strategies. I'm looking forward to this fight big time, and I think Nogueira can walk away with this.

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    thealex

    March 4, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    shogun is the master of rematches. ko rd 1

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