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.