Antonio Rogerio Nogueira will be a good test for Alexander Gustafsson

Sep 21, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Alexander Gustafsson (left) fights Jon Jones during their Light Heavyweight Championship bout at UFC 165 at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 21, 2013; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Alexander Gustafsson (left) fights Jon Jones during their Light Heavyweight Championship bout at UFC 165 at the Air Canada Centre. Mandatory Credit: Tom Szczerbowski-USA TODAY Sports

As UFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones prepares for Glover Teixeira, former title contender Alexander Gustafsson will have a big match coming up, March 8, 2014.

“The Mauler” will face UFC and Pride veteran Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in London. I’m excited for this match and it is not just because it falls on my birthday.

Although Nogueira is ranked lower than Gustafsson in many publications and Top 10 polls, he is a good test for the Swedish fighter.

Nogueira could  have an advantage on the ground due to his Brazilian jiu-jistu background, but Gustafsson, who has a purple belt in BJJ, showed good take down defense in fight war against Jones at UFC 165. The Mauler has good striking, but “Lil’ Nog,” like his brother, can take a lot of punishment as he has only been finished once in his career – a 23-second lnock out to Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou Nkamhoua back in 2007.

Lil’ Nog is coming off of a big win over former UFC champion Rashad Evans. He was set to face Mauricio “Shogun” Rua back in August, but had to pull out of the fight due to injury. He is 4-2 inside of the octagon.

If Gustafsson defeats Lil’ Nog, there is no doubt that his next bout will be against the UFC Light Heavyweight champion.

 

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Topics: Alexander Gustafsson, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, MMA, UFC

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