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Rashad Evans linked to February fight with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

UFC light heavyweight Rashad Evans held out hope his next bout would feature either an opportunity to revenge a loss to Lyoto Machida or a dip down to 185 pounds for super-fight with Anderson Silva. Though it appears the former champion will indeed face a Brazilian the when he steps into the Octagon in a few months, it looks like his opponent will only be a teammate of the aforementioned fighters rather than the genuine article.

According to a report from SporTV (that has since been confirmed by other outlets), Evans is set to scrap with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at the UFC’s annual Super Bowl Weekend event. Given the game’s date, it’s more than likely the show will take place on February 2.

The 17-2-1 Evans has been twiddling his thumbs since an April loss to title-holder Jon Jones. Prior to the stumble he’d won four fights in a row including success against Phil Davis and Quinton Jackson.

By comparison, Nogueira is coming off a TKO victory over Tito Ortiz but will have been out of action for more than a year by the time he locks horns with Evans. “Minotoro” is 20-5 in his career with the bulk of his notable wins coming outside of the UFC such as those against Dan Henderson and Alistair Overeem.

No other bouts have been attached to the February lineup.


  • Rece Rock says:


    not a fan of this match up.

  • THEGUNNER says:

    Another great fighter i wait months to watch perform is fighting a bullshit fight. Let me guess a weak co main even to go along. joe silvas fucking up. If they paid me to match make i think id stick to making exciting fights.

  • Brendhan Conlan says:

    Since I’m a silver-lining kinda guy, might I offer that Evans’ acceptance of a fight with Nogueira could be a way to influence Anderson Silva’s decision about fighting him shortly thereafter when he drops to 185 pounds as planned (considering the friendship between Nog/Silva)?

    And there’s no way this is the headlining fight. Co-main at best.

  • hindsightufuk says:

    looks like a good match up for Rashad, lil Nog has been way sub par since joining the UFC, if he turns it on like he has at his best (pre ufc) then it could be an entertaining fight, if not i dont see him standing a chance

  • moosebaby02 says:

    well i will be rooting for Nog. I hope he can track him down and maul evans cause everyone knows all evans is going to do is tap tap move tap tap move n run like hell if his back hits the cage. As much as evans hates g jackson he sure does sticks by his gameplan


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