Brian Knapp of The Fight Network is reporting that a heavyweight clash between Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Cheick Kongo is planned for UFC 79 on Dec. 29 in Las Vegas.
Nogueira made his UFC debut this past July at UFC 73 and defeated Heath Herring for the third time in his career. Meanwhile, Kongo is on a two fight win streak with his most recent victory being a sound unanimous decision over Mirko Cro Cop at UFC 75 in September.
It is believed that the winner of Kongo vs. Nogueira could be the next in line for a title shot against current UFC heavyweight champion Randy Couture.
In addition to Kongo vs. Nogueira, all indications are that Matt Serra will make his first defense of the welterweight title in a match against Matt Hughes in one of the show’s main events.