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Lil Nog Withdraws From UFC 109 With Broken Ankle (Update II: Vera vs Jones)

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

Here we go again.

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira is the latest high-profile UFC fighter to be removed from an event poster.

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira has withdrawn from his co-headlining light heavyweight contest against Brandon Vera at UFC 109 on Feb. 6 in Las Vegas due to injury, has learned from multiple sources.

Nogueira, the brother of former UFC interim heavyweight champion Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, suffered a fractured ankle, said both sources. Nogueira’s manager, Ed Soares, could not be initially reached to confirm the injury.

Very disappointing news for not only Nogueira fans, but also for Lil Nog himself. He made a huge splash in the UFC with a big win over a very hyped Luiz Cane only to lose all his momentum to a pretty serious injury.

No word yet on who will replace him against Brandon Vera.

Image via Sherdog

Update: Assuming this isn’t a fake Twitter account, Brandon Vera says he’s fighting Jon Jones on March 27. Via BE:

just found out I’m fighting Jon Bones Jones on March 21st in Denver Colorado. hope u heard it here first!!!!

What’s odd about this is there’s no UFC event currently scheduled or rumored for March 21 and you would think they would just keep him at UFC 109, so maybe it is a fake Twitter account or there was some miscommunication. I’ll keep you posted. Jon Jones would make a damn fine replacement though if it turns out to be true.

Update 2: It looks like that was indeed Vera and his information is legit, he just messed up the date. ( has learned from sources close to the organization that the UFC is targeting Vera for a potential headlining contest against Jon Jones (9-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC) at an as-yet-unannounced UFC Fight Night 21 event on March 31 in Denver, Colo.

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