Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Ready For February Return

Written by Tim Ngo
November 24th, 2009

Former UFC and Pride heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira recently said that he should be ready for a February return to the Octagon after another bout with a staph infection.

“In February I’ll be ready to fight when they ask me to fight. In February I think I’ll be in shape. I’d love to fight in Australia. If they put me on the card, I would love to fight there,” Nogueira told MMAWeekly.

Nogueira has fought through a staph infection before but didn’t want to make the same mistake. He lost to Frank Mir in one of the worst showings of his career when he was clearly sluggish in getting stopped for the first time in his career.

He was scheduled to face Cain Velasquez at UFC 108 in January, but now hopes to make that bout happen at UFC 110 in February.

This time, Nogueira wants to make sure that he’s 100% before he fights. Unfortunately, he stopped taking his meds and that put him back on the shelf with his fourth staph infection over the last year.

“I didn’t take the antibiotic enough. The medicine given me in Brazil wasn’t good,” Nogueira explained.

According to the former champion, he’s now under the medical care of doctors that Dana White sent over and he should be fine after six weeks of antibiotics which puts him right in line for UFC 110 in Australia.

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