Would Frank Mir Cure Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira's Boredom?

Jesse MotiffSenior Analyst IJune 3, 2010

PORTLAND, OR - AUGUST 28: UFC heavyweight fighter Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira weighs in at the UFC 102: Couture vs. Nogueira Weigh-In at the Rose Garden Arena on August 28, 2009 in Portland, Oregon. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)
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Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira hasn't fought inside the Octagon since his loss to Cain Velasquez in February. It was the second loss in three fights for the former PRIDE and UFC Heavyweight champion.

Nogueira is now rested and ready to get back to fighting after taking time off to help train his brother for last weekend's fight at UFC 114.

"I hope [my next fight's] soon," Nogueira told TATAME.com. "There's nothing scheduled, we had Rogerio's fight this weekend, a hard fight, he did a good fight, worked on his wrestling on the second round. He won the first one, in my opinion, sure won the third and he made his game. It was a great fight!" 

Now that his brother's fight is in the books, Nogueira's focus will switch to his own training, although he currently doesn't have any fights lined up.

"The focus was only on Rogerio and now we're starting to focus on my training. I'll do a new camp for this next fight. Today we trained ground game, we've been training with kimonos, here in San Diego, two or three times a week. We're trying to improve my jiu-jitsu. There's nothing scheduled yet, but I'm hoping to fight soon. I'm anxious and I have good expectations for this next battle."

Nogueira has already come out and said he'd like to have a rematch with Frank Mir. Mir, like Nogueira, currently does not have a fight scheduled. Rumors have surfaced about UFC 119 heading to Indianapolis in September and a second match-up of the two MMA legends would be a great main event to hold in the Hoosier state.

Mir became the first fighter to knock out Nogueira when the two met in December 2008. It was later revealed that Big Nog was hurt going into the fight, and many feel this lessens Mir's accomplishment.

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is a legend in MMA, but it appears that the new generation of fighters have passed him by. Do you agree or will this time off help Nogueira vault back to the top of the heavyweight division?



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