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Shogun Rua vs. Minotouro Nogueira III Rescheduled for UFC Fight Island Co-Headliner on July 25th.

A light heavyweight rubber-match between Brazilian mixed martial arts icons, Maurício ‘Shogun’ Rua, and Antônio Rogério Nogueira has been rebooked for a UFC ‘Fight Island’ event on July 25th. – where it’s expected to serve as the event’s co-headliner. Rua and Nogueira were originally scheduled to meet on the first instalment of UFC 250 in May – until the entire card was shelved amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Undefeated in his last two outings, veteran striker, Rua knocked back prospect, Tyson Pedro – before battling to a split draw with Paul Craig in São Paulo last November. The July outing will mark ‘Minotouro{s}’ first outing since his knockout defeat to Ryan Spann at UFC 237 last May. UFC president, Dana White announced the rebooked pairing on Steve-O’s Wild Ride! show.

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PRIDE FC middleweight Grand Prix winner, and former UFC light heavyweight best, Rua – currently holds bragging rights over Nogueira, curtesy of two unanimous decision wins at PRIDE FC Critical Countdown 2005, and UFC 190.

With twenty-one knockout victories from twenty-six professional triumphs, the decorated ‘Shogun’ has proven he can still hang at light heavyweight, with his aforementioned finish of Pedro, and an earlier knockout of Gian Villante. Since his professional debut back in November of 2002, the Curitiba native has scored career-highlight triumphs over ‘Cyborg’ Santos, Akihiro Gono, ‘Rampage’ Jackson, Alistair Overeem (x2), Ricardo Arona, recent UFC Hall of Fame inductee, the late, Kevin Randleman, Mark Coleman, Chuck Liddell, Lyoto Machida, Forest Griffin, Brandon Vera, and Corey Anderson.

‘Minotouro’ the younger brother of former interim UFC heavyweight best, ‘Lil Nog’ Nogueira is a renowned Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu player – a 3rd. degree black belt. The Bahia native hasn’t exactly enjoyed the same career success at older brother ‘Minotauro’ but has secured twenty-three wins from thirty-two outings nonetheless. Making his professional debut in Yokohama back in 2001, Nogueira has managed wins over Guy Mezger, Kazushi Sakuraba, Alistair Overeem (x2) – like ‘Shogun’, Dan Henderson, Tito Ortiz, Rashad Evans, Patrick Cummings, and Sam Alvey. 

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