Big Nog vs. Kongo Agreed for UFC 149 in Calgary

April 24, 2012
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Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs Cheick KongoThe same day that UFC president Dana White announced that he is likely taking featherweight champion Jose Aldo off of the fight card in Calgary, the Calgary Sun reported that Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira would face Cheick Kongo at UFC 149.

Though the Calgary Sun cited anonymous sources pointing to the fight, the UFC’s Canadian contingent endorsed the report by re-tweeting it.

Nogueira (33-7-1) hasn’t seen action since losing to Frank Mir at UFC 140 in early December. Nogueira refused to tap out to a Mir’s Kimura, resulting in a broken humerus.

Amassing a 4-3 record during his UFC tenure, Nogueira would really like to get his career back on track.

Kongo (17-7-2) is also coming off of a loss. Mark Hunt became the first man in the UFC to send Kongo out via TKO when the two fought at UFC 144 in Japan.

With Aldo likely moving into the main event at UFC 147, the UFC is also in search of a headliner for UFC 149. White has already mentioned that Jon Jones vs. Dan Henderson is a leading candidate to headline the July 21 date in Calgary, but that move is not concrete.

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  • Towers66

    I see Kongo getting submitted in the second on this one. Easy win for Nog just to keep the Brazilian fans juiced up on their countrymen. Kongo is the most obvious of gatekeeper fighters in the whole promotion. Word of advice to nog : don’t kick Congo in the balls. 🙂

  • adice89

    I dont see Nog winning this one. He can train as hard as he wants but you cant fix bad reflexed from getting smashed on over the years. Kongo by TKO in the 2nd round.

    • Lesnardo

      U r 100% correct.

      I am a fan of PRIDE fighters and went wild when Nog subbed Tim Sylvia.

      But Nog is punch drunk.

      No matter what Dana White says about Nog still a legitimate force in the HW division, I strongly believe that Nog is punch drunk and should not be allowed to fight anymore.

      As to this fight, I see Nog as a slight (very slight) favorite simply because it is Cheick Kongo that he is fighting.

  • Im with Towers on this one. Kongo doesnt stand a chance and better hope for a good rebound fight after this if he hopes to stay in the UFC.

    • Lesnardo

      “Doesn’t stand a chance”??

      Come on, we are talking about a punch drunk past-prime former-champ.

      Everyone is a fan of Nog but that doesn’t mean that we should all see him as a favorite.

      If you watch the Schaub fight, you can see how awkward Nog’s head movement is and how fragile his chin is at this point.

      If Dana retired Chuck, why isn’t he retiring Nog and Wandy? Because those guys are not his friends?

  • tsszaltax

    Because Nog and Wandy can still win fights. Chuck was indeed, as you call it, punch drunk.

    I agree Nog is past his prime and probably wont ever make a run at a title again, but he can still win *some* fights. This probably being one of them. Kongo is a joke in the HW division of the UFC.

  • Lesnardo

    If Kongo is a joke in the HW division, what about Mitrione and other guys that can’t even beat Kongo?

  • tsszaltax

    Cant speak for the other guys because you didnt mention them but Mitrione doesnt have even half the experience Kongo does. I guarantee you long term, Mitrione will have the better career.

    • Lesnardo

      What about Chris Tucherer and Tim Hague and Morecraft?

      • tsszaltax

        Morecraft and Hague will both be out of the UFC by the end of the year in my opinion unless they’re given nobody people to fight. As for Chris Tucherer, if he can learn to calm down when fighting someone with a name he wouldnt be so bad.

        About Mitriones age, by no means whatsoever am I comparing these two, just giving an example here, but Anderson Silva started his UFC career at 31. Hell, Herschel Walker started when he was near 50 and is taking it slow and is improving nonstop. Not that he’ll ever win any kind of a belt, but regardless of age, people can learn. These are just my opinions and by no means am I trolling. In fact, I like the specific questions. But do me a favor if you’re trolling and give me your opinions of the same questions before criticizing mine if thats your intent.

    • Lesnardo

      Also, Mitrione is in his late 20’s or early 30’s.

      How will he improve his game? Also, can he ever be a contender in the UFC?

  • adice89

    lmao. I actually see Kongo winning by GnP. As far as Nog being able to knock out anyone THAT IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. As far as Nog being able to submit Kongo. MAYBE. Nog will pull guard to try and get it to the ground and he will eat some killer shots to the face. Nog is wayyy past his prime. Even when he fought Sylvia he looked like absolute garbage.

  • adice89

    Oh im sorry. he did KO shaub. Wow. Hes a rookie coming off TUF. So give me a break….

    • Lesnardo

      Yeah that fight was a combination of luck on Nog’s part and Schaub being a gatekeeper in the HW division.

      Nog looked jittery, awkward, and slow in that fight. I thought he was gonna die every time Schaub landed something.

      Nog is a ticking bomb.

  • RubeKegal

    Kongo via 1st round TKO. Nog will not take down the Greco Roman Champ(as he is described pre fights) and Kongo Bongo will outstrike Nog. This will be Nog’s retirement party.

  • brianhussey

    Kongo is getting subbed…sorry people. First round.