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.

2 COMMENTS

  1. This is not a good fight for Big Nog. If he wins, then that was “expected” AND it will take its toll on him.

    In the twilight of his career, a big fight against Lesnar is how he deserves to be remembered and then with the belt he can fight Cain.

  2. Thanks for your thoughts. I think it’s a serious test for both guys and a great style match-up.

    It’s definitely going to be Velasquez’s toughest fight to date. Big Nog showed against Couture that he can handle a strong wrestler, and Randy only made it to the final bell thanks to his excellent submission defense.

    I don’t think the UFC can keep Nogueira under wraps until he gets a chance to fight the winner of Lesnar Vs Carwin, it’s too long to wait. At least he now knows that a win over Velasquez will secure his place as the top contender.

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