Although Antonio Rogerio Nogueira will be facing a far more dynamic athlete than Tito Ortiz at “UFC Fight Night 24,” the Brazilian won’t deviate too far from the original script in preparing for Phil Davis.
“My work’s done, man. The thing is to focus and train hard to face this new opponent,” Nogueira told Tatame. “I still didn’t have the chance to watch many of his fights, but his game is similar to Tito Ortiz’s.
“I know he tends to use his kicks more, but his strong point also is wrestling … the same background.”
“The Huntington Beach Bad Boy” was forced out of his must-win fight over the weekend and Octagon brass quickly placed Davis and his perfect 8-0 resume into the vacant slot. “Mr. Wonderful” was last seen submitting Tim Boetsch at UFC 123 and has emerged a better fighter each time he’s taken center stage.
Regardless, Nogueira knows the 26-year-old has never faced anyone like himself. Perhaps that’s why he seemingly laid his complete game plan on the table.
“You can [expect] an aggressive me, I’ll really go for it this time. I just have to prevent the takedowns, but I’ll attack him, I’ll try to finish it,” Nogueira emphatically stated.
“My plan is to knock him out. I’ll make a difference with my boxing skills, it’ll be my game plan so I [will] keep the distance. I’m doing many sprawls [to] sharpen my takedown defense so I won’t be taken down near the grid, that’s where the Americans feel comfortable.”
Little Nog looks to hand Davis his first professional blemish on March 26th inside Key Arena in Seattle, Washington. Spike TV will broadcast the show live at 9PM ET/6PM PT.