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‘Minotauro’ Nogueira Announces Wish List of Boxing Oppponents

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Antonio Rogerio Nogueira will make his boxing debut this weekend against fellow UFC veteran Leonardo Guimaraes and it seems the 45-year-old has no intention of making this a one-and-done type of deal.

Lil Nog, who will face Guimaraes in his native Brazil on Sunday, has already drafted up a list of potential opponents he would love to take on in the future.

Appearing on the MMA Fight podcast ‘Trocação Franca’, Nogueira revealed a number of high profile names he would like to face in the future, saying: “We can do some great fights. Someone like Roy Jones Jr., for example, a former champion. Or maybe a fight with Mike Tyson. We have to dream big, right?”

“You see Jake Paul and Logan Paul, who are doing great and are knocking people out. They are fast. They are YouTubers, but they are athletes. You have four great possibilities right there.”

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TAMPA, FLORIDA – DECEMBER 18: Jake Paul reacts to knocking out Tyron Woddley in the sixth round during an eight-round cruiserweight bout at the Amalie Arena on December 18, 2021 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Lil Nog also announced he would be interested in fighting fellow ex-UFC fighters, similarly to this weekend’s clash with Guimaraes.

“Or maybe a former UFC champion, someone like Chuck Liddell. I don’t know.

“You have to see their age. But I think these are opportunities people have to see a former UFC champion in action boxing someone with my level of boxing. It would be entertaining.”

Nogueira would even be open to boxing Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua in what would be the pair’s fourth meeting after the first three were fought under MMA rules in either a Pride ring or a UFC octagon.

“It would be nice, huh? Would he do it? Would he accept this challenge?

Let’s do it, ‘Shogun.’ It would be a great fight, man. It would be a show under boxing rules,” he said.

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ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES – JULY 26: In this handout image provided by UFC, (R-L) Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua of Brazil kicks Antonio Rogerio Nogueira of Brazil in their light heavyweight fight during the UFC Fight Night event inside Flash Forum on UFC Fight Island on July 26, 2020 in Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Jeff Bottari/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

While this will be Nogueira’s professional debut, he has competed in amateur boxing matches in the past and he feels no pressure heading into the bout on Sunday, revealing he would not fight conservatively in hopes of winning by decision and would instead look to finish Guimaraes from the outset.

“I’m starting all over again and wanna embrace this opportunity, but no pressure.

“I won’t fight to win a decision, I wanna go for the knockout from start to finish.”

With victories over the likes of Alistair Overeem, Dan Henderson, and Rashad Evans, Lil Nog’s legendary status within the MMA industry has already been cemented, and regardless of what happens throughout his venture into boxing, it’s safe to say he will retire a legend.


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