By Guilherme Cruz
Photos Marcelo Alonso
The atmosphere was great even before Rogério “Minotoro” Nogueira’s fight, and the crowd was excited to see the idol fighting in his homeland for the first time after 20 fights in his career. Used to fight in the biggest events around the world, as Pride and Affliction, Minotoro dominated Dion Staring at Jungle Fight, which happened last weekend at
What did you think about your first fight in
It was good. Being in
And the energy coming from the crowd?
They were satisfied, I fought well standing, on the Muay Thai, knees, and, in the end, I finished it on the ground… It was a complete fight. I’m with a great ground game, Muay Thai and Boxing too, the guys were very happy and gave me a good energy. I had the responsibility and went inside all the time. For sure, this responsibility gives you an extra gas.
How did you like the organization of the event?
It was good. We’re used to fight overseas, but it was great here too. They had the support of the government, had a huge support. I think it was Wallid Ismail’s best event in
After the fight, you needs a couple hours to reach the locker room with the fans all around you and your brother, right?
Yeah, I just left there one hour later, but it was great… That normal with that party, the fighter needs to have this responsibility with the fans, receive everybody, thank, take pictures with everyone who went there to see me…
After the debut, do you think about fighting again in
Of course, absolutely… If there’s another opportunity, I’ll be back for sure.
What are you gonna do now? Your focus now is to help your brother’s preparation to fight Randy Couture?
I still don’t know when I’m going, I think I’m going to
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