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Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira returning to the ring at UFC 153 against Dave Herman

After a day’s worth of questions surrounding the show, heavyweight legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira became the latest Brazilian fighter willing to sacrifice some training time to help piece back together UFC 153 after the card was hit hard earlier this week by injuries. Nogueira, who has been out of action since late 2011 due to a broken arm, will make his return at the October 13 event and take on Dave Herman.

Middleweight champion Anderson Silva will headline the festivities in a bout against Stephan Bonnar at 205 pounds.

Nogueira (33-10-1) suffered his injury when Frank Mir locked in a Kimura and “Minotauro” refused to tap out. He was set to return this past summer to take on Cheick Kongo but withdrew after stating his arm had not completely healed. He is widely considered to be one of the finest heavyweights the sport has ever seen, racking up wins over many of the sport’s elite competitors.

Herman (21-4) is coming off a pair of defeats at the hands of Roy Nelson and Stefan Struve. He had earned wins in his previous three fights before the losing skid including twenty victories featuring some form of finish.



  • fanoftna33 says:

    This is a pretty good match up, both have good power, both are about the same size, but with Nogueira being out so long and short notice it will be close, I would go Herman by ko.

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  • MCM says:

    I wanna go with Herman as I think he’s got the goods to be top 10, but the guy just can’t seem to get it together. And Big Nog may have been out a while, but he’s looked better than ever on his feet in his last two fights. I think this one goes a lot like Nog/Schaub.

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  • Creature says:

    Im a fan of both so I dont really care who takes the Win as long as its an entertaining fight.

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  • Lord Faust says:

    Rooting for Nog big time. I am more looking to see what kind of overall condition he’s in at this point. I’d like to see more Big Nog fights, but not if he shows up as a shell of his former self. Who knows what that injury did to him, long term, along with the other immeasurable beatings he’s taken.

    Here’s to hoping he’s got a second…third…Nth wind left in him.

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