Surging light heavyweight heel, Luis Cane (10-1), will likely get to sink his chops into former Pride FC 205-pound sensation, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (17-3), at UFC 106 from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, Nevada, on Nov. 21, according to Sherdog.com.
"Banha" has not competed since battering former WEC light heavyweight champion, Steve Cantwell, for three rounds at UFC 97: "Redemption" back in April to earn a unanimous decision from all three judges sitting ringside. It marked the third straight victory for the Brazilian brawler inside the Octagon.
Cane stopped Jason Lambert at UFC 85: "Bedlam" in June 2008 and followed up the performance with a destruction of Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou via second round technical knockout four months later at UFC 89: "Bisping vs. Leben."
His only loss is to James Irvin in his promotional debut, which was ruled a disqualification because of an errant knee to the face.
Nogueira -- the younger (by seven seconds) twin brother of UFC heavyweight contender Rodrigo "Minotauro" -- recently agreed to a multi-fight deal with the organization.
And he earned it -- "Lil" Nog went on an absolute tear after dropping a close unanimous decision to Vladimir Matyushenko way back in 2002, rattling off eight straight victories. In fact, two of those wins include a technical knockout over current Strikeforce heavyweight champ, Alistair Overeem, and a submission (armbar) over UFC middleweight contender, Dan Henderson.
His momentum, however, was quickly derailed courtesy of a flash knockout just 23 seconds into his bout against the aforementioned Sokoudjou at PRIDE 33 — his last appearance for the struggling promotion.
It was the first time in his career that "Minotoro" had been stopped, but he quickly got back to his winning ways after nearly a year on the sidelines.
In addition to pounding out Edwin "Babyface" DeWees at Affliction: "Banned" in July of 2008, Nogueira got his much sought-after revenge on Matyushenko by knocking out "The Janitor" in the second round of their rematch at Affliction: "Day of Reckoning" this past January.
UFC 106 will feature a main event heavyweight title bout between two absolute monsters as champion Brock Lesnar will look to defend his gold for the second time against his newest challenger, Shane Carwin. In addition, "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy" Tito Ortiz is also set to make his return to the Octagon against UFC Hall of Famer, Mark Coleman, after spending nearly a year and a half on the sidelines
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