UFC 156: What We Learned from Rashad Evans vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

Riley KontekFeatured ColumnistFebruary 3, 2013

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - JULY 23:  Antonio Rogerio Nogueira of Brazil and  Johnny Molina of Venezula exchange blows during Nogueira's win in the Super Heavy +91 kg Boxing Semifinals during the XV Pan American Games on July 23, 2007 at  in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Donald Miralle/Getty Images)
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UFC 156 hosted an anticipated light heavyweight bout between Rashad Evans and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, which saw a wrestler with striking fight a jiu-jitsu artist with striking. 

Many have called for Evans to drop to middleweight so that he can fight Anderson Silva. If he could make that weight, it would definitely be fun.

As for Nogueira, he is the dark horse of the 205-pound division. He is a tough out for any fighter in the division.

The two fought for the fans in Las Vegas and at home, with 


What We'll Remember About This Fight

The fight was boring. Seriously, not much happened. If it weren't the co-main event, you wouldn't have realized this fight even happened. Hell, if this fight opened the card on Facebook, you wouldn't have realized it happened.


What We Learned About Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

I really don't know. We knew he can box. We knew he could grapple. But honestly, what was done in this fight that made us understand what Nogueira is about?


What We Learned About Rashad Evans

See what I said about Nogueira. For shame, "Suga," for shame.


What's Next for Nogueira

To be honest, I don't care. After watching the fight, I feel like caffeine pills may be the hottest commodity on the market right now. After randomly staring at the UFC light heavyweight roster, I feel Glover Teixeira is the right guy to fight him.


What's Next for Evans

Win or lose, I would have said a fight with Anderson Silva was the fight I wanted to see. Since he lost, if Evans stays at light heavyweight, I think a fight with Mauricio Rua would sell some tickets.