Rumor: Nogueira Out Of Rematch With Mir At UFC 119 Due To Injury
By MATT BOONE
MMANEWS.COM Staff Writer
According to a report on FightersOnlyMagazine.co.uk
, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is out of his scheduled fight with Frank Mir at UFC 119 on September 25.
The fight, which was scheduled as the headline bout for the Indianapolis, Indiana-based event, is apparently off due to an injury sustained by Nogueira during training.
The Fighters Only Magazine report claims UFC has "a really big name opponent" secured as a replacement to fight Mir in the UFC 119 featured attraction.
Nogueira vs. Mir was a scheduled rematch of an initial meeting between the two highly ranked heavyweight contenders back in December of 2008. The fight took place at UFC 92 "The Ultimate 2008" and was the semi-main event of the show. Mir took the fight by knockout, to the disbelief of many who saw Nog powerbombed on his head by Bob Sapp, high-kicked by Mirko CroCop and pounded on by an in-his-prime Fedor Emelianenko for the full distance in multiple fights. The news came out after the loss to Mir that Nogueira had been suffering from staph infection, among other legitimate injuries that he chose not to speak of going into the fight.