Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
42-Year-Old UFC Light Heavyweight 23-6-0
April 23, 2018 Antonio Rogerio Nogueira News
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Nogueira was cleared by the USADA on Monday to return to fighting, Brett Okamoto of ESPN reports.
Nogueira was originally flagged back in October ahead of UFC Winnipeg for a potential anti-doping violation, but after the USADA found two pharmacies in Brazil selling contaminated supplements, Nogueira, along with fellow light heavyweight Marcos Rogerio and heavyweight Junior dos Santos, was cleared to return to fighting Monday.
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Fantasy AnalysisNoguiera was pulled from his matchup with Jared Cannonier in October after being flagged for a potential violation by the USADA and has since undergone more testing. The fighter's "B" sample has come back positive for hydrochlorothiazide, which is a banned diuretic. "Lil Nog" claims the result must have come from a tainted supplement as two of his three tests prior came back negative, he hasn't changed the supplements he takes and the amount found was small. A final decision on the case hasn't been made as the USADA is still investigating, but a suspension could possibly be on the table for Noguiera.
Fantasy AnalysisNogueira was set to face Jared Cannonier in his return fight after suffering an undisclosed injury in May. However, the USADA has flagged the fighter for a potential anti-doping violation from an out-of-competition drug test taken on Sept. 27. The veteran revealed that he tested positive for "a diuretic substance" called hydrochlorothiazide, the same banned substance Junior dos Santos was flagged for this summer. Nogueira will have to sit out as the investigation continues and the possibility of suspension hangs in the balance.
Fantasy AnalysisNogueira has a few disadvantages in this fights including age, reach and striking. At age 41, he is eight years older than Cannonier and is 1-3 in his last four matches. The southpaw has a two-inch reach deficit against a fighter that throws 4.2 significant strikes per minute. However, his age gives him experience over Cannonier. The future hall-of-famer's career is winding down, but "Minotauro" has scored a 22-8 record (18-7 UFC) to show for it.
Fantasy AnalysisThe 41-year-old's age may be starting to catch up to him, as he'll have to sit out for another fight. It seems like the beginning of the end to the hall-of-famer's career, which has been spiraling downward lately with a 1-3 record in his last four fights.
Fantasy AnalysisNogueria will be 41 years old by the time he enters the octagon, and if that alone isn't enough to convince fight fans he's on the downswing, simply turn to the 1-3 mark he's posted in his last four bouts. It won't be long before he follows in his brother's footsteps and hangs up the gloves, though the future hall-of-famer will serve as a gatekeeper until that day comes.
Fantasy AnalysisThis fight went exactly as expected, which is a polite way of saying that Nog wasn't competitive. Nog's first-round KO win over Patrick Cummins in May always appeared to be a fluke and his effort on Saturday seemingly confirmed that. Nog is a warrior and is as tough as they come, but the days of him being competitive against the best fighters in the world as long over. The fact he entered the night ranked as a top-ten (No. 9) light-heavyweight is the result of the division being thin as opposed to Nog still being an effective fighter. If the UFC wishes to continue to run Nog out there, they need to take it easy in terms of who they schedule him against.
Fantasy AnalysisNogueira is coming off a victory over Patrick Cummins by TKO this past May at UFC 198, but he'll have a tough task at hand in Brazil with Bader, especially since Bader came away the victor when they last met six years ago at UFC 119.
Fantasy AnalysisNogueira will try to keep his career going against the Mauler, who similarly endured a two-fight skid before earning a win during his last fight. The 40-year old Nogueira has stellar durability despite his age, and could pose a challenge to Gustafsson, who has headlined several big UFC bouts over the past three years.
Fantasy AnalysisQuite possibly needing a win to keep his career going, Little Nog turned back the clock on Saturday. He ate quite a few leg kicks early from Cummins, but he continued to push forward and land a countless amount of combinations. No one would have thought twice if referee Leon Roberts had stopped the fight a good 25-30 seconds earlier, it was that lopsided towards the end. Despite the impressive effort, it's hard to see Little Nog as a player in the light heavyweight division moving forward. He has just one win in the last three-plus years and just three wins in the last five and a half years. It was a brilliant effort in front of a raucous Brazilian crowd, but this will most likely go down as the last major win of Little Nog's career.
Fantasy AnalysisLittle Nog has had a rough stretch of late, running into the heavy fists of Anthony "Rumble" Johnson and losing by decision to Shogun Rua at UFC 190 last August. At 39 years old, his career may be on the downswing, but he'll have the crowd behind him when the American comes to town in May, and that effect can never be underestimated.
Fantasy AnalysisIt was a valiant effort from Little Nog, but the judges in Rio de Janeiro got this one right. Nog's best moment came late in the first round when he clocked Rua with a left hand and opened up on him along the fence. Rua managed to survive and he got the better of the fight the rest of the way. Little Nog has only fought four times since March 2011. He appears to have more left in the tank than his twin brother, but it's not clear what his future holds at this point.
Fantasy AnalysisLittle Nog's last win came in February 2013. He's only fought once since then - a brutal knockout loss to Anthony "Rumble" Johnson last July. He always had a well-rounded game, but Little Nog is now 39-years old. There's no doubt that he has lost some of his speed and athleticism over the years. This is a rematch of a Pride fight in June 2005 that Rua won by decision. One thing Little Nog has going in his favor is his experience. He won't be overwhelmed by the raucous Brazilian crowd on Saturday.