Nogueira Looking to Extend Fight

Written by Tom Ngo
December 25th, 2008

UFC interim heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira will be riding a three fight winning streak into his showdown with Frank Mir this Saturday at UFC 92. Nogueira, who coached opposite Mir on this past season of “TUF,” has been working on improving his overall MMA game, and will look to extend the fight as long as possible.

“I’m getting in good shape,” stated the champion. “I’ve been training very hard. My game on the ground is very tight, my muay Thai’s getting better, [and] my boxing’s good, too. I’ve got to pretty much be ready for everything … use my muay Thai, my ground, my wrestling.”

Although Nogueira is three years Mir’s elder, the 32-year-old feels that he is the better conditioned fighter, and he thinks that taking the fight to the later rounds will be to his benefit.

“[Mir is] strong at the beginning of the fight,” said Nogueira. “He’s good with armbars and leglocks. I have to be cautious early on, when he’s very good. His endurance is not as good as mine and the longer the fight goes, it’s better for me. He’s got good kicks as well, but I’ve been training a lot of new things.”

This is sure to be one of the more exciting heavyweight bouts of the year, with the winner earning the right to face champion Brock Lesnar to unify the heavyweight crown.

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