After hitting a minor snag in the negotiation process, it is being reported that the heavyweight bout between former UFC champ Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Cain Velasquez is a-go for UFC 108 on January 2nd. This fight helps a struggling UFC 108 card that lost a ton of hype after the cancellation of the Lesnar/Carwin title fight. It would be hard to believe this isn’t a top contender bout, with the victor getting the winner of the inevitable Brock Lesnar and Shane Carwin bout.
Velasquez holds an impressive 7-0 record and is hungry for a title shot, especially after UFC president Dana White indicated that the winner of his UFC 104 fight against Ben Rothwell would be “in the mix” for the strap. Velasquez ultimately pounded Rothwell into a second round TKO, grabbing the W to the delight of the crowd in Los Angeles.
With the Carwin/Lesnar fight being postponed (again), Velasquez will have to fill his schedule with another heavyweight contest, and this one will prove to be the toughest of his career.
Big Nog holds a dominating 32-5-1 mark and was last seen taking a unanimous decision over Randy Couture at UFC 102 back in August. Many believed Nogueira was on his last leg after his convincing loss to Frank Mir at UFC 92, but his win over Couture proved otherwise.