Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira Vs. Cheick Kongo Added To UFC 149

UFC 149 finally has a marquee matchup. Pride legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira will make a semi-quick return from a broken arm to face French striker Cheick Kongo in Calgary on July 21st. UFC president Dana White tweeted about the fight:

UFC 149 July 21 Calgary, Canada Heavyweight Bout Cheick Kongo VS Minotauro Nogueira
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Big Nog (33-7-1, 1 NC) was doing well against Frank Mir at UFC 140 in December, battering him with punches and close to finishing the fight. He chose to switch to an ill-advised guillotine though, and Mir latched onto his arm with a kimura. Nog tried to fight it off but Mir snapped his arm and the bout was over. Just over seven months seems like a very quick recovery time from that type of injury, and hopefully Nog isn't coming back too quickly again (he did for the Brendan Schaub fight at UFC 134, but still won).

Kongo (17-7-2) is coming off a disappointing first-round TKO loss to Mark Hunt at UFC 144 in February. He had gone undefeated in four bouts entering the Hunt fight.

Clearly the bout will be on the main card, but there's no telling where it will be placed yet due to the lack of a main event at the moment.

SBN coverage of UFC 149

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