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Minotauro Nogueira: Put me in coach, I'm ready to play


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"For the (Couture) fight I trained the most in my life. I don’t know who's next, it’s up to the UFC. I fight whoever they ask me to. If it is to fight for the belt, I will. I don’t want to be taking much time off, though. I used to fight four times a year in Japan but I haven’t been managing to keep this pace of action in the U.S., so I want to fight more to maintain the stride. What may come ahead, I’m ready."

For PRIDE heavyweight and UFC interim heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira anticipates a return to action following his thrilling three round victory over Randy Couture at UFC 102 on August 29 in Portland. That victory helped erase the memories of a "half-dead" Nogueira getting trounced by a suddenly pugilistic Frank Mir back at UFC 92. Does a reborn "Big Nog" still have the ability to finish off the major players in his division? Or will bruising behemoths like Shane Carwin and Brock Lesnar turn him into Brazilian confetti?

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