According to mmamania, the heavyweight clash between Cain Velasquez and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira has been moved back to UFC 109 which takes place on the 6th February, 2010 in Las Vegas (see the update at the bottom of this page for the latest news on this story).
The bout had originally been scheduled for UFC 108 on January 2nd, but had to be postponed after Nogueira contracted a staph infection which left him needing hospital treatment. He has since been released though and was seen last weekend celebrating his twin brother Rogerio’s debut victory in the UFC.
With the promotion currently short on healthy heavyweights, the news that Nogueira is set to return quickly will be well received, but it will leave some questions as to Nogueira’s conditioning for the fight. Last year he fought Frank Mir just weeks after another staph infection and put on one of the worst performances of his career. Hopefully this time round he will have given his body enough time to recover and have a full training camp in place to prepare for a cardio machine like Cain Velasquez.
The card for UFC 109 is not yet confirmed but has been rumored to be the likely landing spot for the middleweight title bout between Anderson Silva and Vitor Belfort. A showdown between two veterans of the sport – Randy Couture and Mark Coleman was also recently slated for the event.
It certainly has the potential to be a very strong card for the UFC, but after recent injury’s to many of the promotions biggest names I would be somewhat surprised if they chose to stack just one card in particular. If they do then it suggests that they expect to welcome back a number of their other currently injured stars back into the fold in the spring-summer period.
Contrary to mmamania’s report, MMA Junkie is now reporting that, “the UFC is actually leaning toward booking the fight for UFC 110 in Australia.”
After I expressed doubt earlier today that the UFC would want to stack UFC 109 so highly, this new report definitely makes more sense to me. Though the card already has the recently confirmed Wanderlei Silva Vs Michael Bisping fight, Velasquez – Nogueira would appear to be more suitable as the main event of the evening.
There’s no official confirmation yet but it’s clear that one way or another this fight will take place in February (UFC 110 is scheduled for 21st Feb).