Originally written on hov-mma  |  Last updated 10/26/14

Former PRIDE Heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo "Minotauro" Nogueira has been the latest fighter to fall a victim to the curse of UFC 149. It's not surprising that the injury that forced Nogueira to withdraw from this upcoming contest had to do with his humerus not being completely recovered. Stepping in to fight Cheick Kongo on relatively short notice will be a Jackson's MMA product in Shawn "The Savage" Jordan. Sherdog reported the news of this switch earlier this evening.

Shawn Jordan finished his promotional debut this past March in Sydney by demolishing Brit strongman Oli Thompson with a lethal barrage of strikes, and a knee for good measure. This victory improved the former Strikeforce and Bellator fighter to a 13-3 record. A win over a name like Cheick Kongo would mean more than any win on that current record for Jordan, putting him right in "don't look back" mode, there would be no more easy fights for Jordan after this.

So how cursed has this UFC 149 card been? Cheick Kongo is the only original opponent out of 10 that remains scheduled to compete on the pay per view portion of the card. Calgary fans that originally purchased their tickets to see stars like Aldo, Nogueira, Shogun, Bisping, Akiyama and Thiago Alves will now experience a completely different lineup inside of the Scotiabank Saddledome.

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