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Antônio Rogério Nogueira, Underwent Knee Surgery, Wants to Fight Rich Franklin Next

Written on March 17, 2012 by Clive Wilson

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Antônio Rogério ‘Little Nog’ Nogueira, underwent knee surgery, wants to face former UFC champ Rich Franklin

Brazilian light heavyweight fighter Antônio Rogério ‘Little Nog’ Nogueira, has just gone through a knee surgery, after being forced to withdraw from his scheduled bout against Alexender Gustafsson, in next month’s on FUEL TV 2 event.

In an interview with, he talks about his desire to fight former UFC champ next.

“It was a leg-lock that caught me but it’s been a while now. I was training my Grappling and Wrestling and it got worse”, Rogerio tells, sad about the fact he had to drop it. “It’s like I’m getting my knee cleaned, they’ll take off part of my meniscus and check out my knee-cap. The doctor said it should be a silly procedure, but it’s gotta be done now otherwise it’ll get worse”.

“… Because we had a bout scheduled against (Rich Franklin), I was supposed to fight him in the past and I already know what game plan to use against him. He’s a guy who likes to stand-up. It’ll be good. One left-handed fighting another left-handed is something good to see.”

Franklin has also  recently underwent a surgery and last fought to  Forrest Griffin in UFC 126 and lost, while ‘Little Nog’ Nogueira recently won against Tito Ortiz in UFC 140.

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