Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira-Cheick Kongo added to UFC 149 in Canada

After some time on the shelf the return of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira from one of the most gruesome submissions in MMA history is drawing closer. Nogueira, who has 33 wins in MMA under his belt, has been scheduled to face Cheick Kongo at UFC 149 on July 21. The card will take place in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

The Calgary Sun first reported the Nogueira-Kongo bout, and though not official the claim was given some substance after being Re-Tweeted by the UFC’s Canadian branch.

Nogueira (33-7-1) was defeated by Frank Mir this past December, refusing to tap to a nasty Kimura and suffering a snapped limb for his bravado. The iconic Brazilian has since had surgery, complete with a plate and several screws being inserted into the arm, and has been training in Brazil for some time.

Comparably, Kongo (17-7-2) was handed his first career loss via TKO by Mark Hunt at UFC 144. The defeat ended Kongo’s hopes of putting together a three-fight winning streak, beating Pat Barry and Matt Mitrione.

Though Nogueira-Kongo is certainly an attractive bout, UFC 149 still lacks an official main event as featherweight champion Jose Aldo was recently removed from the card and placed in the lineup for UFC 147.

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8 COMMENTS
  • MMA-LOGIC says:

    Interesting match up but Id have to go with Nog here. Kongo is not good enough in any area for me to pick him. Nog may struggle in the stand up but I think he will get him in the end.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    should provide some mid card madness

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  • Lord Faust says:

    I hope Nog had all the kids he wanted before this fight.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    This should be a pretty decent fight, I am rooting for Nog for sure.

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  • MCM says:

    Feels like a step down for Nog, him being such an Icon and all.
    I’m hoping we get to see the Big Nog of old. Kongo has such nasty GnP, and I used to love watching Nog get smashed for 10 min. and think that he’s finally done, only to pull out a submission at the end and get the win. No matter how many times that happened it was always surprising.
    No matter what though, you can’t go wrong with Big Nog on the card.

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  • hindsightufuk says:

    can’t be any more of a step down than Brendan Schaub

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  • Dufresne says:

    I hope Nog had all the kids he wanted before this fight.
    lmao!

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  • Thumbs up Faust. If Minotauro moves his head like he did against Mir or schaub he’ll win this one easy if he moves it like he used to he’ll get his third tko loss

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