When Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira’s arm was laid to waste by Frank Mir in December it was hard to tell how long the seasoned veteran would be sidelined, suffering what appeared to be massive trauma to an unknown combination of bones/ligaments. Fortunately the damage wasn’t as bad as it appeared and, after surgery and rehab, the iconic Brazilian is back and ready to fight again this summer.
Nogueira’s return to the ring appears to be a lock for July 21 at UFC 149 where he’ll face Cheick Kongo in what will likely be the card’s co-headliner.
Nogueira is one of the most revered competitors in MMA history with a 33-7 record including 20 submissions wins and victories over Tim Sylvia, Randy Couture, Fabricio Werdum, Mirko Filipovic, Dan Henderson, and Josh Barnett.
Comparably, Kongo typically keeps things standing, owning 10 TKOs in seventeen total wins. The 36-year old, who celebrates a birthday next month, last fought in February where he was knocked out by Mark Hunt. Prior to the defeat he’d gone 3-0-1 in his previous four fights.
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