UFC on ESPN 14, which will take put this Sat. night time (July 25, 2020) on “Fight Island” in Abu Dhabi, will mark the final battle for mild heavyweight veteran Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, who turned 44 back again in June and at this place, is held together with Popsicle sticks and duct tape.
“I feel it is a fantastic time to end now, I believe it’s likely to be the final a single,” Nogueira instructed reporters at the UFC on ESPN 14 media day (by using MMA Junkie). “A ton of kids, a great deal of perform to do outside the cage. In my final three decades, it was extremely hard to coach for the reason that I had a herniated disc. I had to terminate a whole lot of fights. Every single calendar year I fought one time, then the second a person I would have to terminate. It was difficult for me my last three a long time.”
Nogueira (23-9) is coming off a knockout reduction to Ryan Spann at UFC 237 back in early 2019 and will be part of his brother in retirement after completing his trilogy towards previous mild heavyweight champion Mauricio Rua, a rivalry that began a lot more than a ten years back in Satisfaction FC.
Speaking of retirement, previous 205-pound title contender Alexander Gustafsson, 33, will make his return to battle sporting activities at UFC on ESPN 14 soon after contacting it quits in the wake of his Anthony Smith loss at UFC Combat Night time 153. An “emotional” decision “The Mauler” quickly overturned right after getting new motivation to contend.
“It was an psychological second, very little else,” Gustafsson explained (by way of MMA Preventing). “I was just heartbroken. It was a difficult combat. It was in Stockholm in opposition to a guy I know I’ve acquired the equipment to conquer but I did not, clearly. It was a rough night time and my emotions and thoughts have been just chaos in my head. Proper now, it is just one particular combat at a time. I’ll conquer Werdum on Saturday then we’ll consider the upcoming just one. I’m listed here to continue to be.”
Gustafsson (18-6) will make his UFC comeback towards previous heavyweight winner Fabricio Werdum, who like the Swedish “Mauler,” is on the lookout to rebound from a disappointing efficiency his past time out. Time is undoubtedly of the essence, as “Vai Cavalo” turns 43 at the conclusion of the month.
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