UFC 149: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira reportedly out, Shawn Jordan tapped to fight Cheick Kongo

Frank Mir taps out Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at UFC 140 on Saturday, Dec. 10, 2011 at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto, Canada. Photo by Esther Lin via MMA Fighting.

Oh, Canada.

The UFC 149 fight card scheduled for Sat., July 21, 2012, at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta has continued to be ravaged by injuries forcing drop outs and a near complete rearranging of the card.

The latest casualty is reportedly Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, who apparently hasn't full healed from the broken arm given to him by Frank Mir at UFC 140 on Dec. 10, 2011. His recovery is taking longer than expected, according to a Sherdog.com report, and that has forced him out of his planned match-up against Cheick Kongo.

But not to worry, the world's largest fight promotion has apparently already found a replacement. Get excited, Calgary, because Shawn Jordan is coming to visit!

That's right, the 27-year-old Jordan, fresh off a second round knockout of Oli Thompson in his Octagon debut at UFC on FX 2 on March 3 in Australia, has agreed to step in to fill the void.


Kongo will be looking to rebound from a first round knockout loss at the hands of Mark Hunt at UFC 144 back on Feb. 25 in Japan, his first defeat in five fights.

A victory over Nogueira would have certainly meant much more to his career but you take 'em how you can get 'em, right?

UFC 149 was originally supposed to feature a triple decker sandwich full of all the tasty treats to satisfy Canadian fan's appetites. Jose Aldo was to defend his featherweight title against Erik Koch in the main event of the evening while Mauricio Rua was scheduled to square off against Thiago Silva in the co-featured fight of the night. And, of course, Nogueira vs. Kongo would top it all off.

Then Aldo got hurt and backed out, leading to Urijah Faber vs. Renan Barao (itself an injury replacement fight) to be moved from UFC 148 two weeks prior. This after Silva was injured and forced to pull out of his fight against "Shogun," which eventually sent Rua off to the main event of the UFC on Fox 4 card on Aug. 4 in Los Angeles.

And now "Big Nog" is gone too. The fight business can be brutal.

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