Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Mauricio “Shogun” Rua have fought before and been scheduled to meet again.

However, things have not lined up for the two Brazilians to do so.

This Saturday, Rua will return to action against Chael Sonnen at UFC Fight Night 26 – and Nogueira believes the former UFC light heavyweight champion will come out with his hand raised.

That leaves him in a perfect situation to face Rua before the year is out.

“I want to fight again this year,” said Nogueira, in a recent interview with “Shogun is a good fight, a good option for me; I’m a lot better now, back to boxing training already. I believe I’ll be ready to train hard in a month.”

Nogueira was forced out of a planned meeting with Rua earlier this year due to injury. He defeated Rashad Evans in his most recent fight.