Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (19-5) has been on the shelf since taking out Tito Ortiz via first round TKO at UFC 140. The twin brother of UFC heavyweight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira has been battling injuries for much of the past year. However, the light heavyweight used his Twitter account to ask UFC President Dana White for the opportunity to face Forest Griffin (19-7) at UFC 155 in December:
“I’m 100% and training again. Put me in against @ForrestGriffin on UFC 155! This fight was scheduled once, let’s do it now!”
The two fighters were originally supposed to fight at UFC 114 in May 2010, but Griffin had to withdraw from the bout with a shoulder injury. Nogueira is (3-2) in the UFC with two decision losses to guys with outstanding wrestling bases in Phil Davis and Ryan Bader. He is similar to his larger brother in that he in dangerous both standing and on the ground with six wins via TKO/KO and six wins via submission. He first came on the UFC scene at UFC 106 as he became the first fighter to stop Luiz Cane via TKO.
Griffin was originally scheduled to face Chael Sonnen at UFC 155, but now is without an opponent with Sonnen now scheduled to face Jon Jones in April after coaching the next season of “The Ultimate Fighter”. There are rumors that a third fight will take place at UFC 155 between Griffin and Stephan Bonnar. These two fighters are largely given credit for saving the UFC with their historic back and forth battle during the TUF 1 Finale in April 2005.
Griffin won that bout and the rematch that took place at UFC 62 with unanimous decisions from the judges. Bonnar was just stopped via TKO by Anderson Silva at UFC 153, so there’s no guarantee that the fight will take place. A fight between Griffin and Nogueira certainly makes more sense since they have never fought before, plus both fighters are coming off victories over Tito Ortiz.
UFC 155 is set to take place in Las Vegas, Nevada, on December 29th. Stay tuned to ProMMAnow (www.prommanow.com) for more UFC 155 news and coverage.