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Minotauro Nogueira vs Stefan Struve fight set for UFC 190 in Brazil on Aug. 1

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Former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Interim Heavyweight Champion, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, will return to the Octagon to battle Stefan Struve in a match set for UFC 190, a pay-per-view (PPV) event planned for HSBC Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Aug. 1, 2015.

The world's leading mixed martial arts (MMA) league dropped the announcement earlier this evening on its official website.

Nogueira, 38, is a fast fading legend, with a ton of mileage on his MMA motor thanks to at least 45 recorded matches in a career that dates back to the turn of the century. The lovable Brazilian is currently mired in a two-fight losing skid, dropping five of his last eight, all of which ended with him either hurt or broken.


Struve, meanwhile, has battled his own ailments ... and mental demons. The 7' "Skyscraper," as a result, has competed just twice in more than two years. He, too, has dropped back-to-back bouts courtesy of hard-hitting veterans Mark Hunt and Alistair Overeem.

Certainly no shame in losing to top-ranked opponents, but it's crystal clear that both Nogueira and Struve are at a crossroads in their respective careers even if they are separated by more than a decade in the age department.

UFC 190 will feature a main event between women's Bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey, putting her 135-pound title -- and perfect MMA record -- on the line against hometown favorite, Bethe Correia. In addition, Minotauro's twin brother, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, is set to rematch Mauricio "Shogun" Rua in a Light Heavyweight showdown planned for the PPV main card.

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