Found April 25, 2012 on

UFC Cheick Kongo

Today has got to be one of the busiest days mixed martial arts has experienced in quite some time. Late Tuesday night, a heavyweight shootout between Cheick Kongo (Pictured) and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira was announced for UFC 149.

While a secret source broke the news with the CalgarySun, the UFC subsequently endorsed the report by re-tweeting the article on their Canadian account.

Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada will host the July 21st festivities.

Kongo was upset by Mark Hunt at UFC 144 in February. The bout marked the 36-year-old’s first defeat since getting submitted by Frank Mir in December 2009.

Nogueira has alternated between wins and losses over his past six scraps. He was last seen getting his right arm snapped in two by Mir at UFC 140. The former interim champion had surgery in December and has been on the mend ever since.

Jose Aldo was expected to headline the show, but the featherweight king will likely be moved to UFC 147. It’s possible light heavyweight champ Jon Jones will defend his throne against Dan Henderson in the card’s featured attraction.

Here are the athletes expected to perform in the Octagon’s debut in Calgary:

Mitch Clarke vs. Anton Kuivanen

George Roop vs. Antonio Carvalho

Bryan Caraway vs. Mitch Gagnon

Court McGee vs. Nick Ring

Jon Fitch vs. Aaron Simpson

Thiago Alves vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Cheick Kongo


Cheick Kongo vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira slated for UFC 149

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is set to make his return to the Octagon at UFC 149 where he will square off against Cheick Kongo. UFC President Dana White tweeted news of the announced the heavyweight match-up earlier on Wednesday. UFC 149 marks the promotion’s debut event in Calgary, Alberta, Canada which will take place from the Scotiabank Saddledome on July 21st. Nogueira (33-7-1...

Cheick Kongo vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira set for UFC 149

UFC president Dana White announced that a heavyweight bout between Cheick Kongo and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is set for UFC 149. UFC 149 takes place July 21 at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta, Canada. The event is rumored to be headlined by a light heavyweight title bout between current UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones and #1 contender Dan Henderson. Kongo...
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