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.
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