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UFC Booking Alert: Big Nog Returns vs. Cheick Kongo at UFC 149, Munoz vs. Weidman to Headline UFC on FUEL 4


(Fun fact: Nogueira’s body is composed mainly of replacement parts from grave-robbed corpses.)

UFC 149 (July 21st, Calgary) is picking up some heavyweight muscle in the form of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Cheick Kongo. The Calgary Sun first reported the matchup, adding that the event will likely be headlined by the Jon Jones vs. Dan Henderson light-heavyweight title fight.

Big Nog is coming off his gruesome kimura loss to Frank Mir at UFC 140 in December, a defeat that had many fans and pundits pleading for the legend’s retirement. Following that fight, Nogueira said he expected to return within nine months. Just seven months later, he’ll be taking one more kick at the cat against a tough striker in Kongo, who ate a first-round TKO loss against Mark Hunt in his last outing. Still, you can’t count either of these guys out (see: Nog vs. Schaub, Kongo vs. Barry). Are you happy to see Nogueira back in the Octagon? And who do you think will be left standing?

In other booking news…

During last night’s episode of UFC Tonight on FUEL, reporter Ariel Helwani revealed that a middleweight meeting between Mark Munoz and Chris Weidman will headline UFC on FUEL 4 (July 11th, location TBA).

Weidman increased his perfect MMA record to 8-0 at UFC on FOX 2 in January with a unanimous decision win over Demian Maia. Munoz was scheduled to compete against Micchael Bisping at the same event, but had to withdraw due to elbow problems. Munoz is currently riding a four-fight win streak, most recently stopping Chris Leben at UFC 138.

As of now, the only other match reported for the 7/11 UFC on FUEL event is Brandon Vera vs. James Te-Huna.

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FilmDrunk- April 25, 2012 at 9:36 am
Dana's methodology: American who gets knocked out two or three times in a row: forced retirement. Brazilian who gets knocked out ten times in a row: Eh, it'll grow back.
The12ozCurls- April 25, 2012 at 8:48 am
They don't replace his body parts with corpse appendages. He just goes out into the sunlight and grows new ones like Swamp Thing.
CrushCo- April 25, 2012 at 8:10 am
FrankenNog.
CrushCo- April 25, 2012 at 12:50 pm
Or is it Nogenstein?
The12ozCurls- April 25, 2012 at 1:28 pm
It's Nogenfurter
alstrand25- April 25, 2012 at 7:41 am
"Still, you can’t count either of these guys out (see: Nog vs. Schaub, Kongo vs. Barry,Kongo vs. Mir,Nog vs. Mir....wait sctratch those last two...)
benhamil- April 25, 2012 at 7:05 am
Future UFC press release: "The UFC does not condone the harvesting of body parts by its fighters, nor is it aware of any fighters, past or present, who have participated in any such activities."
Sopapo- April 25, 2012 at 6:52 am
Te huna will rip Vera's head off
errandboy- April 25, 2012 at 6:29 am
Think this is the ideal match up for Big Nog and have him winning by submission. Will have nowhere to go if he cant take this one though
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