Coming off a brutal submission loss to Frank Mir at UFC 140, in which his humerus bone was broke during a Kimura, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is set to make his return to the Octagon. The MMA veteran will be matched up against the French striker Cheick Kongo on July 21st at UFC 149 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Since winning the interim UFC heavyweight title, Nogueira (33-7-1) has alternated wins and losses over his last five fights. During that time he’s lost twice to Mir and once to Cain Velasquez, while holding wins over Randy Couture and Brendan Schaub. The 35-year old Brazilian will look to dust off the rust accumulated by the seven months he’s been out of action and return to his winning ways.
Kongo (17-7-2) is also coming off a brutal loss via knockout by Mark Hunt just minutes into their UFC 144 bout. It was his first loss since dropping back to back fights Velasquez and Mir in 2009. Kongo has fought 16 times inside the Octagon and holds notable wins over Mirko Cro Cop, Paul Buentello and Pat Barry.
The classic grappler vs. striker match between Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Cheick Kongo will most likely appear on the nights main card, but nothing has been confirmed yet. UFC 149 will take place at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and has recently been “rumored” to be the landing-place for the UFC light heavyweight champion bout between Jon Jones and top contender Dan Henderson. The night’s main card will air on pay-per-view, with FX and Facebook expected to handle the prelims.