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4. Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua vs. Antonia Rogerio Nogueria

Two Mixed Martial Arts legends square up against each other on Saturday night in the form of Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua vs. Antonia Rogerio Nogueria. This will be the third time the two have shared the mat, with the first instalment taking place in the heralded Pride promotion and the second in the UFC.

Former UFC Light Heavyweight champion, Shogun Rua, has emerged victorious in both of the previous bouts, winning by decision in each. Despite besting Nogueria, Shogun has spoken openly about how tough of an opponent Nogueria is, and how much those fights took out of him both mentally and physically.

These two Brazillian veterans are responsible for a lot in MMA. They were genuine pioneers in the sport's infancy, and their ability to compete at this highest level after such long careers is a testament to how skilled both men are. Despite the respect that both have for each other, their desire to be the best, even in the latter stages of their careers, will be paramount on fight night.

It's almost poetic to see the two fighters presumably end their competitive rivalry on Fight Island, in front of no fans, in the pageantry of the UFC, a far cry from their day's in Pride where they first touched gloves.

Prediction: Mauricio Shogun Rua via Decision

 
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