UFC and Pride fans might just see Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, a.k.a “Lil Nog”, step into the boxing ring, according to “Big Nog” Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
In a new interview, Rodrigo Nogueira revealed that his younger brother is seriously considering a transition to boxing, even getting into the YouTuber boxing gig.
“Rogerio signalled that he would fight. He likes the idea of boxing, he likes boxing, he has a good distance, he likes sparring. He would be interested. We would like to see it, Pan-American medalist, two-time Brazilian champion, South American champion. He has a good record to do this, for sure,” said “Big Nog” in an interview with Ag Fight (translation via BJPenn.com). “He is open (about opponents). He can face both a boxer, and he can also face a YouTuber like this since they are challenging each other. Rogerio has the level to do it both ways.”
Rogerio (23-10) retired from professional mixed martial arts following a split decision loss to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua at UFC Fight Island 3: Whittaker vs. Till on July 26, 2020. His legendary list of victims includes Rashad Evans, Tito Ortiz, Alistair Overeem (twice), Dan Henderson, Kazushi Sakuraba, Guy Mezger and Vladimir Matyushenko.
“Big Nog” retired from the sport following a unanimous decision loss to Stevan Struve at UFC 190 on Aug. 1, 2015. The inaugural Pride Heavyweight champion beat the likes of Randy Couture, Tim Sylvia, Josh Barnett, Fabricio Werdum, Mirko Cro Cop, Dan Henderson and Mark Coleman during his 16-year-long career.