This wasn't the Brazilian he was looking for, but at least Rashad Evans has a fight.
The former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Light Heavyweight Champion will reportedly return to the Octagon on Feb. 2, 2013, at an event to be named for a 205-pound scrap against longtime veteran Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, according to sources talking to SporTV.
Are you thinking what I'm thinking?
"Lil' Nog," who put Tito Ortiz back on the road to retirement at UFC 140 in Toronto, has struggled mightily against the wrestlers in his division, sharing losses to Ryan Bader at UFC 119 and Phil Davis at UFC Fight Night 24. And his split decision win against Jason Brilz, another wrestler, was about as close as they come.
Hopefully for Nogueira, his opponent opts to stand and bang.
That's something he did in his last contest against reigning division champion Jon Jones. While Evans is the only person in the last 10 fights to take "Bones" to the scorecards, it wasn't enough to get the job done at UFC 145 earlier this year in Atlanta. "Suga" has speed as well as power, but his greatest asset is his wrestling.
Just ask "Mr. Wonderful."
The promotion's traditional Super Bowl weekend pay-per-view (PPV) event is rumored to be labeled as UFC 157; however, nothing is official at this time and no other bouts have been confirmed. As always, stay tuned to MMAmania.com as the details start trickling in.
Until then, what's your take on this pending match-up?