In the night of Sunday the UFC will hold its fourth and last tournament in Abu Dhabi (UAE) on “Fighting island”. Notable tournament UFC on ESPN 14 is for the reason that his main card is already their seven fights. Last time that happened in 2015 at UFC 190.
The match preview
In the co-main fight of the evening under the light heavyweight will join two Brazilian PRIDE legend Rua and Nogueira.
In 2005 in Japan, these two had one of the best fights in MMA history, and 10 years later at UFC 190 was the revenge. In both cases, the winner by unanimous decision was ROI.
38-year-old Roy began to take after losing to Jon Jones in 2011. Two years ago he knocked out Anthony Smith, ended a three-match winning streak “the Shogun”. After that Mauricio knocked out Tyson Pedro broke the world Paul Craig.
The best years for 44-year-old Nogueira also left behind long ago. He was a strong Grappler and a powerful puncher with a strong chin, but in his last six fights “Lil Nog” had three times knocked out. In may of last year, he knocked out Ryan center – fighter who before Nogueira would have no problem moving.
Forecast for battle
Their first two games were mostly held in the rack and there is no reason to believe that this time will be different. Here all can solve a case, one accurate shot and it’s over.
Now each of them remains very little, but Roy is still younger and fresher. He was better and faster when both were at the peak, it is likely that it again will continue the advantage in speed and due to this, “shogun” will be able to kill his opponent.
Win Rua by knockout in the 1st round
Robert Whittaker – Darren Till
Mauricio Rua – Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Fabricio Werdum – Alexander Gustafsson
Carla Esparza – Marina Rodriguez
Paul Craig – Hajimurad Of Antigua
Alex Oliveira – Peter Sobotta
Khamzat Chimaev – Rick McKee
Francisco Rinaldo – Jai Herbert
Nicolas Dalby – Jesse Ronson
Tom ASPINALL – Jake Collier
Movsar Evloev – Mike Grande
Tanner Boser – Rafael Pessoa
Beth Correia Of Pani Ceased
Ramazan Emeev – Niklas Stolze
Nathaniel Wood John Castaneda