A major fight for the light-heavyweight division between former champion Forrest Griffin and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira is being lined up for UFC 113 in Montreal, Canada according to mmajunkie.com.
We reported rumors that this bout was in the works last week, and it appears to have now been given the go-ahead with both fighters believed to have verbally agreed to the bout.
In a recent interview Griffin appeared less than enthused at the prospect of fighting ‘Lil Nog’ due to the Brazilian’s well rounded skills, and the fact that he had previously trained with his older brother Rodrigo.
Rogerio on the other hand appeared far more keen on the idea, commenting recently, “it would be a really good fight.”
Griffin is right to be wary of this encounter as on paper Nogueira is at least equal to, and in many cases better skills than him in most areas. Griffin has overcome the odds before though, notably against another Brazilian – Mauricio Shogun Rua, and Rampage Jackson in recent years.
UFC 113 on May 8th is of course already set to feature the light-heavyweight title rematch between Lyoto Machida and the aforementioned Shogun’ Rua, which may suggest that the winner of Griffin – Nogueira could be getting lined up to face either the winner, or perhaps the loser of that bout.
Whatever the case with a bout between Rampage Jackson and Rashad Evans apparently set to headline UFC 114 there’s certainly interesting times aheadfor the UFC’s light-heavyweight division.