Big Nog, Werdum to Coach Second Season of TUF: Brazil
Just like his twin brother, it looks like Antonio Rodrigo “Big Nog” Nogueira will be matched up against a top contender at his division. Nogueira will be coaching the second season of “TUF: Brazil” against fellow Brazilian and jiu-jitsu ace Fabricio Werdum. The two faced off just over six years ago at “Pride: Critical Countdown Absolute” where Nogueira grinded out a three round decision against his future foe.
Nogueira (34-7-1, 5-3 UFC) found a resurgence last year in 2011 after knocking out Brendan Schaub in the first round in front of his home crowd at UFC 134. He was then given a #1 title contendership match with the American Frank Mir and had his arm broken in a gruesome kimura technical submission. He found his way back into the win column earlier this month, though, this time against Dave “Pee Wee” Herman.
Werdum (16-5-1, 4-2 UFC) has been on a tear of recent, rattling off two wins since rejoining the UFC after his short stint under the Strikeforce banner. It was in Strikeforce, though, where he capped off his signature victory against the legendary Fedor Emilianenko. After losing to Alistair Overeem in his next fight, he was brought over to the big show where he has faced Roy Nelson and Mike Russow winning both fights.
The fight has not been scheduled yet, but as is “Ultimate Fighter” tradition, the two will go at it after the conclusion of the season. The bout has been rumored for summer 2013 and will be a true exhibition of jiu jitsu grit.
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