After reports emerged from Brazil last week that Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira And Cain Velasquez were set to fight, the UFC has now confirmed the bout for UFC 108 – and revealed that it will serve as the main event of the evening.
Former interim heavyweight champion and Pride veteran Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira looked a shade of his former self in his defeat at the hands of Frank Mir in December of last year, but he came back strongly, defeating Randy Couture by unanimous decision in one of the heavyweight fights of the year at UFC 102 in August.
Meanwhile up and coming heavyweight talent Cain Velasquez gave the most impressive performance to date in a dominating win over Ben Rothwell at UFC 104, extending his undefeated record to 7-0.
Now the two will meet to decide who will be a future challenger for the title.
Speaking of the headline event, Dana White said, “Nogueira vs. Velasquez is a great matchup between the present and the future of the heavyweight division,” said UFC President Dana White. “Nogueira showed in the Couture fight that he still has plenty left to offer at the top level of the game, and Velasquez was devastating in his win over Ben Rothwell, so with both guys in top form, we’re definitely going to see a number one contender emerge from this fight to take on the winner of the Brock Lesnar vs Shane Carwin title fight.”
UFC 108 will take place on January 2nd in Las Vegas, Nevada. Also scheduled for the card is a light heavyweight showdown between Rashad Evans and Thiago Silva.