UFC veteran โ€˜Little Nogโ€™ books boxing bout, Wanderlei Silva not far behind

    Life after UFC used to mean signing autographs at a car dealership in New Jersey.

    These days, former cage fighters have enough name recognition to continue their combat sports careers in other disciplines, like jiu-jitsu tournaments and boxing matches. So it should come as no surprise to learn that Antonio Rogerio Nogueira is making his way back to the โ€œsweet science.โ€

    โ€œLittle Nogโ€ will throw hands against fellow UFC veteran Leonardo Guimaraes, a 220-pound showdown that is expected to co-headline โ€œFight Music Showโ€ pay-per-view (PPV) on Jan. 30 in Balneario Camburiu, Brazil, according to a report from MMA Fighting.

    โ€œWe can bring back athletes that in theory were going to retire, like Rogerio โ€˜Minotouro,โ€™โ€ Fight Music CEO Mama Brito told told Guilherme Cruz. โ€œAnd for my next event Iโ€™m already negotiating with Wanderlei Silva. Iโ€™m going after fighters that are idols of an entire generation and everybody wants to watch them fight live.โ€

    Nogueira, 45, retired from MMA following a split-decision loss to longtime rival Mauricio Rua at UFC on ESPN 14 back in summer 2020. The Brazilian is an accomplished boxer, having previously captured a bronze medal for Brazil at the 2007 Pan-American Games in Rio.

    Fight Music Show will be headlined by a 165-pound boxing match between former WBO and WBA champion Acelino Freitas (41-2) and social media sensation Whindersson Nunes (0-0). Elsewhere on the card, Olympic silver medalist Esquiva Falcao (29-0) battles ex-Big Brother star Yuri Fernandes (0-0) under exhibition rules.

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