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Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira facing Cheick Kongo in Calgary

One of the legitimate legends in MMA will make his return to the ring this summer in the form of Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. Nogueira, who has been out since December while recovering from a broken arm sustained in his previous bout, is set to face French kickboxer Cheick Kongo at UFC 149 on July 21 in Calgary.

Though not officially announced by the UFC, the company’s Canadian Twitter account re-Tweeted the Calgary Sun’s initial report of the rumble.

Nogueira holds an overall record of 33-7 including a series of memorable wins in PRIDE as well as the Octagon. 20 of his wins have come by way of submission including tap-outs of Tim Sylvia, Mirko Filipovic, and Dan Henderson.

Comparably, Kongo is a striker by trade with 10 of 17 wins via TKO. Like Nogueira, he too is coming off a loss and could use the momentum of a significant victory to get him back on track in the division.

Other bouts expected at UFC 149 include Court McGee-Nick Ring and Yoshihiro Akiyama-Thiago Alves.


MMATraining Take: I dig this match-up. Each man is in a similar position as far as rankings go and the stylistic difference adds intrigue. Likewise, each hits hard and has a semi-questionable chin these days so a slugfest capped off by a KO could very well go down as well.


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