Mirko Cro Cop vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil?

Luis Dorea, the boxing coach of former UFC interim heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, has revealed that he’d like to see the Brazilian rematch Mirko Cro Cop in his first fight back following a series of surgeries, while former PRIDE open weight grand-prix champion, Mirko Cro Cop has answered the call, explaining he’s ready to take on “Big Nog” in Brazil this August.

Dorea, speaking via Tatame Magazine, said:

“Regarding Rodrigo, he has been training very well. He’s doing rehab, seeing positioning, but the first step is his condition, his health. He is okay to train, there is no problem. The problem is not the fight, is the training. The workout is so hard and he does it twice, three times a day, so he has to be 100 per cent fine to give the best in the preparation and doesn’t feel anything bad. Being okay, all the team will support him.”

“I would like so much to see a bout between Nogueira and Cro Cop. If it is not in August, it could be in September, October… But it is definitely the one I would like to watch. I saw Cro Cop say he wanted to fight him. They’re two legends, two names… It really would be very interesting for the MMA world.”

“Regarding the date, for me in August only if he is 100 per cent. Rodrigo has a big heart, desire, rage, has already fought without being 100 per cent for his fans, for the commitment and the own respect for UFC. He comes hurt and fight. If he is 100 per cent, he’ll fight. He has a physio team helping and he is totally into the recuperation… but this is a fight I would like to see: Nogueira vs Cro Cop.”

Cro Cop, speaking via Fighters Only Magazine, said:

“Yes I saw the comments made by Nogueira’s boxing coach and I agree. I am ready to fight Nogueira any time, even in Brazil in August.”

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