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LilNog on Ace: “I already know what game plan to use”

LilNog on Ace: “I already know what game plan to use”

March 17, 2012

Rogerio “Minotouro” Nogueira had to cancel his fight against Alexander Gustafsson scheduled for April 14 due to a knee injury. On the previous days to his surgery, the light heavyweight fighter talked to TATAME and revealed what caused his injury.

“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”.

What kind of surgery are you doing?

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 and I don’t wanna make it worse.

How did it happen?

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.

How long will it take before you come back to training?

The doctor said my knee should be alright within a month. I’ll be training 100 percent. God bless me, I’ll be fighting in June.

On your Twitter account you mentioned your wish to fight Rich Franklin. Why?

Because we had a bout scheduled against him, 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.

He’s been off for a while because he did a shoulder surgery. Do you believe a win against him would bring you closer to the top of the ranking, especially after your big victory against Tito Ortiz?

It would be an excellent fight. I need a good fight. I need to keep the performance I had against Tito Ortiz. I owe it to people.

Source: Tatame