Roy Nelson is looking to bounce back from two consecutive decision losses and will reportedly do so against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira at a yet-to-be announced Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) event when the promotion returns to Abu Dhabi this May.
During Wednesday's edition of UFC Tonight, reports surfaced that UFC officials are currently working toward setting up a fight between "Big Country" and "Big Nog' in the United Arab Emirates this May, although nothing is yet finalized.
This would be a homecoming of sorts for the mixed martial arts (MMA) side of ZUFFA, as it hasn't been back in Abu Dhabi since 2010. Most saw the return coming when UFC officials announced a new three-year broadcast deal with local media.
The proposed heavyweight bout would serve as a return fight for Nogueira, as well. "Minotauro" hasn't fought since UFC on FUEL TV 10, when he had his arm twisted by division number one contender Fabricio Werdum.
The 37-year-old could be making one last run at prominence before hanging up the mitts.
However, if the only heavyweight winner of The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) has something to say about it, chances are it won't be pretty. The newest applicant for the Nevada State Athletic Commission's (NSAC) Executive Director position is a proverbial middle-of-the-pack heavyweight who needs a win to be put back in the top-tier of the division.
And a win over the PRIDE FC legend is the first step in the right direction, and could go a long way in erasing this bad memory.