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Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Frank Mir rematch at UFC 140

It’s been a week full of heavyweight fight announcements and UFC continues that trend today, announcing that Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Frank Mir will meet for a second time at UFC 140 in December. The two first met at UFC 92 in 2008. In that bout, Mir became the first fighter ever to finish Nogueira, although “Big Nog” entered the octagon with a severe staph infection that night. The rematch was originally scheduled for UFC 119, but was scrapped after Nogueira pulled out to get surgery on some nagging injuries.

UFC officials confirmed the bout on UFC.com

Arguably the greatest heavyweight grappler of all-time, Nogueira returned to the cage this past August after an 18 month layoff that included hip and knee surgery against up-and-comer Brendan Schaub. It was the first time Nogueira fought in his home country of Brazil, and he didn’t disappoint the native crowd, knocking out Schaub in the first round to earn “Knockout of the Night” honors. One of the most decorated fighters in MMA history, Nogueira is the only man to hold both the PRIDE and UFC heavyweight belts and has defeated the likes of Randy Couture, Mirko Cro Cop, Josh Barnett, and Dan Henderson.

A former UFC heavyweight champion himself, Mir has won six of his last eight fights and most recently defeated Roy Nelson at UFC 130. Known for his jiu-jitsu, Mir has been doing more striking as of late. He knocked out Cro Cop with a huge knee at UFC 119 and dropped Cheick Kongo with a left hand in their bout at UFC 107. Mir will no doubt be looking to prove that his victory over Nogueira in 2008 had nothing to do with the Brazilians condition.

UFC 140 is scheduled for December 10 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. Also on the card is a welterweight fight between hot prospect Rory MacDonald and veteran Brian Ebersole.

9 COMMENTS
  • Creature says:

    Most people are prolly going to count Nog out, But i wont be one of them, i think a healthy Nog takes it to Mir for a 3 round war honestly, I havent been impressed with Mir lately.. he had a extremely boring fight with cro cop who now has a chuck liddell type chin, and beat on Roy who had pneumonia..

    Im going with big nog by UD 29-28

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  • THEGUNNER says:

    I think mir better train hard couse nog called for this fight and he’s pretty motivated.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    Mir wins it again… love nog but i got Mir.

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  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    I can’t say I’m super excited about this fight but, Big Nog has earned the right at a rematch. He has shown to be a warrior and generally tough dude so a crack at avenging a KO seems fair.

    I hope each man comes in 100% because this could really be a war especially if it goes to the ground.
    Nog would have the edge on the ground on paper and I doubt either man could sub the other but, it could be interesting to see it tried.

    Not sure a victory from either man really puts them in title contention. I say winner gets winner of Lesnar/Overeem for a title shot and loser gets the loser of that match. Keeps things at least semi-fresh and keeps the more well known big men active.

    Maybe winner of SF HW tourney will get a UFC contract and throw that person into mix as well.

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  • Creature says:

    Dana has already said winner of Lesnar/Overeem gets the next title shot, i guess overeem was offered an instant title shot after cain/JDS but he opted not to wait for his shot and wanted to fight

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  • Mad_Hatter_XX says:

    OK if winner v. winner not in the cards loser v. loser would still be worth watching no matter who it may be. Even Mir/Brock III would be intriguing.

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  • ozz_the_powerful says:

    Maybe I’m in the minority here, but I truly have no interest in seeing Mir / Lesnar III. What’s the relavence?

    I seriously believe a healthy Nog takes this fight. Mir has no motivation anymore

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  • adamsfamily says:

    Ozz! been out for a while. I agree, think Nog will come on strong for a Late stoppage.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    I love this fight, and hopefully a health Nog shows up. I still think Mir takes it but I think it will be a great battle.

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