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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