Last night (Sat., July 26, 2014) Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweights Anthony Johnson and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira were matched up in the co-main event of UFC on FOX 12 from SAP Center in San Jose, California.
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After picking apart Phil Davis at April’s UFC 172, No. 5-ranked "Rumble" was poised and ready to rise up towards a UFC title shot. He brought some of most thunderous power in all of mixed martial arts (MMA) but he first had to get past a legend in Nogueira.
"Lil’ Nog" had been out of action since a UFC 156 upset of former champion Rashad Evans way back in February 201. After pulling out of a myriad of high-profile match-ups, Nogueira somehow had another chance to instantly throw his name back into the title mix by defeating "Rumble."
However, that was simply not meant to be, as Johnson ended "Lil’ Nog’s" even faster than most expected. Let’s take a look back at this brief mismatch.
"Rumble" came out pressing the action and not throwing much initially, but that was soon to change.
He landed a few left hooks to wobble Nogueira, going to work with a bevy of brutal right uppercuts to end "Lil’ Nog’s" night in devastating and decidedly quick fashion.
That was it.
It was a mismatch on paper, and it played out exactly as was predicted.
"Rumble" staked his claim as one of the finest light heavyweights in the world. After putting all of his weight cutting nonsense behind him, he’s truly settled in at a more natural weight class of light heavyweight.
That’s made him more dangerous than ever, so he’s poised for a huge fight. UFC could possibly match him up with the currently injured Alexander Gustafsson, but "The Mauler" may choose to wait for the title shot he’s owed.
That would mean that "Rumble" probably won’t face the winner of UFC 178’s Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier grudge match, so Johnson will have to stay active.
He could possibly face off with Jones’ last victim, No. 4-ranked Glover Teixeira, but the Brazilian slugger is still healing from shoulder surgery. Johnson won’t fight his Blackzilians teammate Rashad Evans, so another outside fight for him would be against the winner of August 16’s Ryan Bader vs. Ovince St. Preux UFC Fight Night 47 headliner.
For "Lil’ Nog," it’s probably time to retire. He’ll never contend for a UFC belt, and he’s been bowing out of fights left and right. He only lasted 44 seconds against "Rumble," and it was painfully obvious that he didn’t deserve to be in the cage with a surging slugger like that.
There aren’t too many fights that make sense for him; definitely not any that outweigh the benefit of him retiring.
Anthony Johnson continued to realize his massive potential by destroying Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC on FOX 12. The sky’s the limit for "Rumble." Whom should he square off with next on his quest towards 205-pound gold?