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BIGNOG vs. Kongo at UFC 149

BIGNOG vs. Kongo at UFC 149

April 25, 2012

A heavyweight matchup between Frenchman Cheick Kongo (17-7-2 MMA, 10-5-1 UFC) and Brazilian Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (33-7-1 MMA, 4-3 UFC) has been added to UFC 149 in Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

The matchup was first reported by the “Calgary Sun.”

UFC 149, which could potentially feature a headliner between UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and top contender Dan Henderson, takes place July 21 at Calgary’s Scotiabank Saddledome. The evening’s main card airs on pay-per-view, and FX and Facebook are expected to carry the prelims.

Kongo looks to rebound from a disappointing loss to Mark Hunt at February’s UFC 144 event. The surprising defeat snapped a four-fight unbeaten streak for Kongo, who hasn’t tasted defeat since a December 2009 loss to Frank Mir.

Meanwhile, Nogueira hopes to bounce back from a brutal technical submission loss to Mir at this past December’s UFC 140 event. The MMA legend has alternated wins and losses over his past five outings, working wins over Brendan Schaub and Randy Couture in between a pair of losses to Mir and one to Cain Velasquez.

It was not revealed where the Kongo vs. Nogueira contest will take place on the UFC 149 lineup, but the high-profile matchup will likely take place on the evening’s main card.

Source: MMAJunkie