For the second consecutive time, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira earned a win in his native country of Brazil. The former PRIDE and interim UFC heavyweight champion submitted Dave Herman in the co-main event of UFC 153: Silva vs. Bonnar.
After going several years without ever fighting in Brazil, Nogueira has now been able to do so twice in two years. He defeated Brendan Schaub via knockout last year.
While "Minotauro" mentioned last week that he would love to make another run at the UFC heavyweight title, the belt is currently held by a close friend and training partner of his, Junior dos Santos.
"I want to fight a Top-10 guy. I want to fight the top guys in the UFC," said Nogueira, during the post-fight show on Fuel TV. "I want to help the sport in Brazil. It'd be great to fight the best guys in the heavyweight division."
Nogueira was also able to share a special moment with UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva, who defeated Stephan Bonnar in the main event. The two embraced before Silva went out to his fight, and did so again after his win inside the Octagon.
"We said how we're going to knock those guys out," Nogueira said. "That's what we did. He's a national idol (of Silva), our champ. I thanked him for all his support."
Nogueira was returning from a broken arm suffered in a loss to Frank Mir last year. He had 16 screws placed in his arm, but thanked the UFC for the support they gave him during and after the surgery.
"Those guys sent me the best doctors from Vail, Colorado, who fixed my arm and got me ready," Nogueira said. "Ten months later, I used my right hand to knock the guy out and go to the submission."
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