Shogun Rua and Minotauro Nogueira put on a huge display at UFC Fight Island 3


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Shogun Rua and Minotauro Nogueira put on a huge display at UFC Fight Island 3

This Saturday, July 25, in Abu Dhabi, the last event of UFC Fight Island, the one full of stars. As a main dish, he presented 4 former company champions starring the card: Robert Whittaker, Maurício Rua, Fabrício Werdum and Carla Esparza. The Flash Forum in the capital of the United Arab Emirates is the venue for this event, leaving huge expectations. Without a doubt, the “island of struggle” closes with impressive contests.

A 44-year veteran was measured in the co-star of the UFC Fight Island 3 to an old acquaintance, the ex-Semi-Complete champion of the promotion, Mauricio ShogunRua. So, Antonio «Minotaur» Nogueira He warned that it could be his last presentation at a professional level. “My plan is to do a good fight, step by step. But I think it is a good opportunity to get away from sports. I think this is going to be the last, ”the Brazilian told the press, making clear what could happen this Saturday.

«Minotouro», Who before reaching the UFC He racked up an 8-2 record for Pride between 2002 and 2007, not winning over the octagon since knocking out Sam Alvey in the second round. This was September 22, 2018. The two times Nogueira He fought with Rua and ended up losing. The first, at the 2005 Pride Critical Countdown, by unanimous decision, and the second, in which it was designated as the UFC 190 Night Fight.

This time, Rua He set the pace for the start, put pressure on the cage and sometimes beat his compatriot. But, in an exchange, Nogueira he hunted him down and really hit him hard several times in the face. Twice he damaged it in a good way, and, seeing that he could be knocked out, Shogun brought the fight to the floor. This, to recover and wait for the end. The younger of the two conceded subtle punches. He tried again to bring the fight to the ground, but Minotaur he turned it around and had to end up going out. So far, it was a very close fight.

The duel ended with both raising their arms, considering that it was one of the best fights of the entire night. After two contests between the two that had been impressive, this could not be less. Now, Rua he knew how to control better with his legs and he didn’t take big hits. In addition, it ended with a projection and dominated on the ground. The judges had the last word and finally it was a new victory for Shogun. The victory was won by a divided decision. At closing, Nogueira announced his retirement.


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