UFC Quick Quote: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira worked extra hard in physical therapy to fight Brendan Schaub in Brazil

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"My team Anderson Silva, two people from my team are going to be fighting on the same day and because this is a fight in Rio, I can't miss it. I can't miss this opportunity to fight in Brazil. I've never fought in Brazil before in my entire career, my career of almost 40 fights. I've never had the opportunity to fight here so I could miss this opportunity, couldn't let it go by so I really dedicated myself in physical therapy. I'm coming from three surgeries on my knees and hip, actually one on each leg and I worked much, much harder to speed up this recovery process. As a good Brazilian, I love Brazil and I'd like to fight at least once here."

-- Believe it or not, 40-fight mixed martial arts legend and former champion, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, will fight in his native Brazil for the first time in his professional career when he takes on Brendan Schaub at UFC 134 on Aug. 27, 2011. "Big Nog," who got his first start in the sport back in 1999, primarily competed overseas in Japan in his earlier days and has since plied his trade stateside since 2007. The opportunity to finally fight in front of his hometown crowd motivated him to return to action sooner than expected -- Noguiera is recovering from surgery on his knee that he injured while preparing to face Frank Mir at UFC 119, as well as surgery to repair both of his hips. He hasn't seen action since fought since a first round technical knockout loss to Cain Velasquez at UFC 110 more than a year ago. Is Nogueira's heart putting him in a dangerous position, taking on a young lion like "The Hybrid" or will he indeed be more than ready -- even if he's not 100 percent -- to take him to the woodshed in Rio? Opinions, please.

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