Legendary MMA Heavyweight, Minotauro Nogueira is set to return to the UFC’s Octagon next weekend at UFC Fight Night 39. The former Pride Heavyweight champion and interim UFC Heavyweight champion returns from a nine month layoff to take on Roy Nelson in the main event in Abu Dhabi.
Before Nogueira steps back inside the Octagon, let’s take a trip back to one of the most memorable moments in Nogueira’s career; his UFC 102 battle against fellow MMA legend, Randy ‘The Natural’ Couture.
The build-up to this fight was absolutely incredible. The former UFC Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight champion taking on the former Pride and interim UFC Heavyweight champion. It was truly a battle between two of the most accomplished fighters in the history of the sport.
Both men were coming off tough title losses, and desperately wanted to rebound. What occurred was easily one of the greatest fights of all time.
The two legends exchanged in a back and forth brawl that saw Couture badly hurt at multiple stages throughout the fight. ‘The Natural’ would not back down, however, as he would land strikes of his own that staggered Nogueira.
It was truly a legendary fight that will never be forgotten. In the end, Nogueira walked away with the unanimous decision victory in a hard fought battle. Relive all of the excitement in the video above.