Rashad Evans vs. Rogerio Nogeuira Verbally Agreed for UFC Super Bowl Weekend PPV

October 24, 2012
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Rashad Evans vs Antonio Rogerio NogueiraRashad Evans may have had Lyoto Machida in mind as an ideal opponent for his return to the Octagon, but he will instead square off with Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

MMAWeekly.com sources confirmed that Evans vs. Nogueira has been verbally agreed to and is being targeted for the UFC’s Super Bowl weekend pay-per-view on Feb. 2, 2013. The bout was first reported by Brazilian news site SporTV.

Evans (17-2-1) hasn’t set foot in the Octagon since he lost to current UFC light heavyweight champion and former teammate Jon Jones at UFC 145 in April.

Evans knows that he’ll have to fight his way back into a position to challenge for the belt again, but his intention is to remain in the 205-pound division.

“I want to be at light heavyweight because there is unfinished business. I can’t go down unless something really beckons for my calling. I like to fight at 205 and I have done fairly well there,” Evans told UFC Tonight recently, citing his desire to avenge a loss to Machida.

Nogueira (20-5) enters the fight with a win over UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz at UFC 140 in December of last year. He had planned to get back in the Octagon at UFC on Fuel TV 2 in April, but has been on the sidelines nursing a knee injury.

The Super Bowl weekend event is likely to be dubbed UFC 157, but promotion officials have yet to verify its numbering.

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  • bajafox

    Very interesting fight but far from main even status unless it’s going to be free on FOX, FX or FUEL

  • Matt

    Got to put rashad against a bigger name, little nog is not that big of a draw

  • Anthony Lopez

    Odd how many people are writing off Nog and saying he’s not on Rashad’s level. I would put Rashad as a favorite, but I don’t think it’s as one-sided of a matchup as most people are saying

  • Fedorinko

    Lil Nog couldn’t beat Bader and Davis. Two guys one of whom Rashad already beat and other Rashad would beat.

    Lil Nog vs Forrest Griffin would be a better match up.

    I just don’t want Rashad asking for a title shot after beating Lil Nog. Unless he avenges his loss to Machida, which I doubt he ever will, he shouldn’t get another title shot.

    • Rob

      100% agreed. Whoever gave you a thumbs down doesn’t know MMA too well. GO GIANTS!