After his first ever two-fight losing streak, Nogueira showed that he was ready to fight in Toronto against Tito Ortiz.
It's one thing to get a win and break a streak, but it's another to continue that streak. Anyone can break a losing streak, get a win and fall back into the loss column, ask Tito.
Case in point, Nogueira has some work to do. Whether or not he's climbed the ladder, there are still plenty of opponents not in that top 10 that he has not faced at this point. And with a lineup of opponents for Jon Jones the length of a lineup at a Tim Horton's drive-thru at 8:00 a.m. on a Monday morning, "Lil Nog" isn't likely getting a shot at the belt anytime soon.
Again, one win is one thing. A string of wins will get you places. If Nogueira can do what he did to Ortiz in his next bout, he will officially get over the hump and may get more fights against guys ranked higher. But until then, all he can do is wait.
I am not questioning the toughness of his last few opponents. I am just saying that if he wants to get places, Nogueira needs big wins over guys like Dan Henderson, Forrest Griffin and even Quinton Jackson.
What do you think?
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