Huge free agent acquisition Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is tentatively scheduled to make his highly anticipated Octagon debut at UFC 73 on July 7 at the Arco Arena in Sacramento, California, according to MMAWeekly.com.
No opponent has been named, but UFC President Dana White has mentioned in previous interviews that it will be someone at the top of the heavyweight division. Brandon Vera has been a name that keeps popping up, but again, it's all speculation at this point.
"Big Nog" was introduced at UFC 69 last month after more than six years in the PRIDE FC organization. In fact, he was the heavyweight champion at two different times during his tenure in Japan.
Nogueira is a ridiculous Brazilian jiu-jitsu grappler, who is also perhaps the hardest man in mixed martial arts to finish. In fact, it's never happened despite being on the receiving end of some major punishment during some fights.
If he does indeed fight in the Golden State come July, "Minotauro" joins a monster card that includes the middleweight championship bout between Anderson Silva and Nathan Marquardt, as well as the 155-pound title tilt between Sean Sherk and Hermes Franca
Oh yeah, two bums (sarcasm, folks) -- Tito Ortiz and Rashad Evans -— are also scheduled to throwdown that night.
What a good night to be Californian.