“Fight Island” is close. And we will see Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Mauricio Rou fight for the third time on the Island.
The fight was first expected to take play on May 9 in Sao Paulo, Brazil. But, the whole event was postponed due to the current coronavirus situation. The fight is now expected to take place on July 25, according to the UFC president Dana White.
During a recent interview with “Jackass” star Steve-O, Dana said that the UFC is making the Nogueira vs. Rua fight on the Fight Island. The same card is expected to be headlined by Robert Whittaker and Darren Till.
Mauricio is returning to the cage for the first time since a draw against Paul Cragin in November. Before that, Rua won four of his last five fights. In that period, he only lost to a future title challenger Anthony Smith.
On the other hand, Nogueira has lost four of his last six bouts. Last time he fought over a year ago at UFC 237 last May. Then, he was knocked out by Ryan Spann.
The first time the two fought was in 2005 when Rua won by a unanimous decision. The second time was at UFC 190 in 2015 when Rug again won by unanimous decision.