It looks like Cain Velasquez and his camp have decided to take the UFC 108 fight against Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira after all. MMA Weekly is reporting the two will meet at UFC 108 likely in the headliner or a co-main event slot.
The possibility of the bout arose last week when Nogueira’s manager talked about the fight to SportTV. MMAWeekly.com has since been able to confirm the bout with multiple sources, who say it will happen on Jan. 2.
With much of the top tier of the UFC’s roster already booked or on injured reserve, the promotion needed a high profile fight for its New Year’s event. It hasn’t yet been confirmed, but it is likely that Nogueira versus Velasquez will headline UFC 108 or at least attain co-main event status with the winner likely getting a shot at the winner of Lesnar and Carwin once that fight plays out.
The report doesn’t mention anything about an interim title, but with Lesnar out until at least March and UFC 108 lacking a title fight, I wouldn’t rule out the possibility just yet.
In other UFC booking news, it appears Nate Marquardt isn’t waiting around any longer for Dan Henderson. Sportsnet.ca is reporting that a fight between him and Hendo’s teammate, Chael Sonnen, is in the works for UFC 110.
While Nate Marquardt (29-8-2) was awaiting a potentially pending bout with Dan Henderson for UFC 108, it appears he has decided to move on and face Chael Sonnen (24-10-1) instead at UFC 110.
Sources have informed me that the two are awaiting bout agreements and will be added to an already stellar card that the UFC is building for their debut in Sydney, Australia in February.
It seems like a high risk, low reward type of fight for Marquardt. With Dan Henderson out of the picture, at least for now, he should be in line to fight the Silva-Belfort winner, and while I don’t think Sonnen will beat him, anything’s possible. Of course, with the Silva-Belfort date still up in the air, I suppose Marquardt can’t wait indefinitely.