Long time friend and trainer of former UFC interim heavyweight champ Antonio Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira, Murilo Bustamante is better suited than most to offer judgement on his former student, and he doesn’t think he’s been fighting like he should have been.
Speaking to Extreme Fights, Bustamante speaks about Nogueira in a non to kind manner.
“After he left BTT, his fights were terrible. When he was training with us, he easily beat Heath Herring in Pride - twice. Then, the third time they fought, he'd left the team and his fight was horrible. He got knocked out but the ref was nice to him, so it was a very close fight.”
“I've never seen anyone fight like that, and I know Rodrigo has big potential. He could do much better than he did. If he doesn't change the way he trains, he is going to have problems with Randy for sure.”
Nogueira comes up against one of the toughest challenges of his career soon when he takes on former UFC heavyweight champ and active “Hall of Famer” Randy Couture at UFC 102 in Portland, Oregon on August 29th.
By Rory Logan