It shouldn't be very surprising that Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira would like to return on the same card that good friend Anderson Silva is headlining. The former Pride and UFC interim heavyweight champ suffered an arm injury in a loss to Fabricio Werdum at UFC on Fuel 10, but thinks he's ready to fight again in 2013 and would like to compete at UFC 168. He even has an opponent in mind. UFC Tonight tweeted the news:
Nogueira (34-8-1, 1 NC) and Struve (25-6) previously talked up a contest back in June, right after Big Nog's surgery was declared a success. The bout makes sense in a few different ways, and it would be a solid anchor to the two title fights on top if the UFC did want it on their December 28th card in Vegas. If they're looking to make this one of the biggest cards of the year, they could do a lot worse than having a bout like this on the main card.