Mauricio Rua, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira spent some two months recording “The Ultimate Fighter: Brazil” Season 4 in Las Vegas. All three plan to return to the United States to prepare for their forthcoming fights at UFC 190 on Aug. 1 in Rio de Janeiro.
While “Shogun” will head to Kings MMA in Los Angeles to train with longtime Chute Boxe mentor Rafael Cordeiro, the Nogueiras plan to finish their camps under Ricardo Liborio at American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Fla. Rua will meet “Minotoro” in a long-awaited rematch at UFC 190, while “Minotauro” will face Stefan Struve in a pivotal heavyweight matchup.
Eduardo Alonso, Rua’s manager, has been a busy man.
“‘Shogun’ must be there in the middle of May,” he said. “I’m already looking at the logistics, and they’re not really simple because ‘Shogun’ is taking his family for the entire camp and they need to stay close to Kings MMA. The most important thing is that ‘Shogun’ is really motivated to train with Rafael for that rematch with ‘Minotoro.’”
Unlike Rua, the Nogueiras will spend most of their training camp in Brazil before traveling to Florida in July.
“We actually made that decision, not because of the lack of training available to us at our academy but because of the amount of work we have to do here,” Rodrigo Nogueira said. “Spending a month at ATT, we can focus 100 percent on the training.”
A date with the 7-foot Struve awaits the former Pride Fighting Championships titleholder.
“I feel that I can exchange punches with him at short distances,” Rodrigo Nogueira said. “Of course, if I feel comfortable taking him down, I’ll do that. I’m aware that he’s really dangerous on the ground, where he has won many fights by triangle choke.”
Liborio welcomes the Nogueiras’ presence at American Top Team.
“Who doesn’t love those two guys?” he asked. “ATT’s doors are open to help these amazing human beings and great legends of the sport. It’s going to be a pleasure to help them with that challenge.”