Nogueira: “I have to be ready for everything” Thursday 22nd of April 2010 10:12 AM
By Guilherme Cruz
Photo Josh Hedges
Back to the UFC after a great debut with a knockout, Rogerio “Minotouro” Nogueira is working hard for his fight against the former champion Forrest Griffin, on May 29 in Las Vegas (UFC 114).
"We are mixing a lot of Muay Thai, Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, a bit of takedown defense, leg attacks... Griffin is a very complete guy, when you think he'll exchange he can take you to the ground, he varies widely, so I have to be ready for everything," said the tough guy to TATAME.
Training in Rio de Janeiro, Minotouro expects to grow even more in this category, which already has big names in MMA nationwide. "I'm there by merit. I’ve been in the fight’s world for a while now, I want to be among the best. The goal is to win, but without disregarding Griffin. I know he has the potential to lead this fight, but I'm pretty confident and I want to keep improving," says Rogério, believing that he must overcome many challenges to reach the belt.
"Brazil is well represented (on this category), but there are good American fighter in the same category, such as Rashad (Evans), Quinton Jackson ... There are many good people to fight with ... You cannot predict what will happen, but what I want is to be undefeated in the event and remain on top”, he concluded.
Man, I dig this fight.