UFC President Dana White announced at the UFC Fight Night 30 post-fight press conference that the next opponent of Alexander Gustafsson will be none other than Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
It was originally rumored that Gustafsson was set to welcome Daniel Cormier to the light heavyweight division, but it turns out the UFC has other plans for “The Mauler.”
Gustafsson seemed to be very happy with the matchup and had nothing but respect for his future opponent.
“Well, I’m super excited to be fighting in London. I’ve fought there before and I’m very excited to fight there again with Lil Nog. We were supposed to fight way back and we didn’t. And now I’ve got the chance to fight him again and I’m really looking forward to it. He’s a great standup striker and a really good opponent.”
Nogueira’s current UFC record is 4-2. The thirty-seven year old former Pride fighter has not been as active as he would have preferred in recent years. Little Nog has suffered a series of injuries, forcing him to take long recovery periods. Now that he’s healthy, fighting a young, large light heavyweight like Alexander Gustafsson should be more than enough of a challenge for him.
Coming off his recent controversial unanimous decision loss to Jon Jones, Gustafsson is eager to get back into the cage to work his way back to another title shot.
Many are already counting Nogueira out of this bout. The smaller, older Brazilian is definitely the underdog, but he should not be dismissed by any means. Nogueira is a top competitor. He has excellent boxing skills and could definitely give Gustafsson a run for his money if the fight goes to the ground.