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A 'motivated' Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira wants to avenge his loss to Frank Mir

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Enter Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira's name into the Frank Mir sweepstakes.

The longtime mixed martial arts veteran, who resurrected his storied career at UFC 134 at the expense of Brendan Schaub's consciousness, is already mapping out the rest of his 2011 fight campaign.

With the world's largest fight promotion rumored to be making future stops in both Japan and Canada, "Minotauro" is hoping to be a part of one, if not both, pay-per-view extravaganzas.

But what would he really love to do?

Avenge his technical knockout loss to Frank Mir, one that Big Nog attributes to his poor health condition following an extended battle with Staph infection in late 2008.

Nogueira explains to

"I knew my ground game was better than [Schaub's] and I knew I could trade punches with him, that I could smash him while striking. I didn’t move backwards. He came and I moved forwards. If I wasn’t trying to get his leg, I was punching him on his body and moved forwards. He was the one who moved back. I forced him at all times, he walked a lot in the cage and that was exactly what I wanted to do: to corner him and go for his legs. I punched him and I’d go for his legs, but it all changed. I had other options on that fight. I felt good ... I’d like to fight Frank Mir, I want to fight UFC Japan. I’d like to fight UFC Canada, which will happen later this year. Fighting Frank Mir is something I’d love to do. I’m motivated to fight him."

The loss to Mir was his first as a UFC fighter.

Nogueira rebounded with a unanimous decision win over Randy Couture in 2009, but was quickly upended at UFC 110 by Cain Velasquez, who stopped the rugged Brazilian in the first round "Down Under."

Now the former PRIDE heavyweight champion, who is all patched up after multiple surgeries, is back in action and ready to make some noise in the UFC's 265-pound division.

Who do you, as a fan, want to see him fight next? Frank Mir, or someone else?


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