According to Tatame, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is set to fight Cain Velasquez on Jan. 2 at UFC 108, however Heavy.com says the fight is merely “in the works.”
Heavy.com has confirmed with UFC sources that the bout has been discussed as a possibility for the Jan. 2 card in Las Vegas, but has not been finalized.
It’s definitely an awesome fight and one that would produce a clear number one contender for the Lesnar-Carwin winner, but the question is if this fight is definitely happening or if it’s contingent upon whether Brock Lesnar is ready to go for UFC 108?
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Update: Heavy.com is reporting that Brock Lesnar will not fight at UFC 108.
Sources close to Brock Lesnar’s camp informed Heavy.com tonight that Lesnar will not be able to participate in the postponed main event of UFC 108 against Shane Carwin.
Sources close to the UFC confirmed the story while pointing out that Lesnar was never officially part of the UFC 108 card.
Kevin Iole confirmed the news with Dana White. Iole also confirmed that Lesnar has mono.
UFC 108 is now officially without a title fight unless they decide to book Nog-Cain for an interim heavyweight title. I don’t know, but if I was Velasquez, I’d probably turn it down. No reason to give Nog anymore time than necessary to pull a rabbit out of his hat.
Update 2: Good lord, Nog-Cain might not happen either. According to MMA Weekly, one of the sides doesn’t want the fight.
MMAWeekly.com sources on Wednesday initially confirmed that the bout, reported by Tatame.com as confirmed by “Nogueira’s manager” to SportTV, had been agreed to. Following our initial report, however, additional sources injected some skepticism into the situation.
It appears that certain parties involved want the bout to happen, while others do not, leaving its current status up in the air.
Considering Ed Soares was the one to break the news while Velasquez’s camp refuted it in the Heavy.com report, I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say Velasquez is the one who isn’t interested. That or he’s holding out for more money, which in this case he’s in a pretty good position to get it. Cross your fingers.