UFC Return to Abu Dhabi Official with Big Country vs. Big Nog Headlining

February 4, 2014
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Roy Nelson at the TUF 16 FinaleThe Ultimate Fighting Championship on Tuesday finally made its return trip to the United Arab Emirates official.

A heavyweight bout between Roy Nelson and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira headlines an April 11 UFC Fight Night card.

The promotions first trip to Abu Dhabi was UFC 112, which featured then UFC middleweight champion Anderson Silva putting his belt on the line against Demian Maia, who is now a contender at welterweight. The fight took place in a venue on Yas Island that was constructed specifically for the UFC event and then dismantled following its conclusion.

UFC officials have yet to declare the venue for the April 11 event.

Each fighter is coming off of a loss heading into this five-round non-title fight.

Nelson (19-9) enters the fight having lost his last two bouts. Big Country dropped a decision loss to Stipe Miocic at UFC 161 last summer, and then found himself on the losing end of another decision, to Daniel Cormier, at UFC 166 in October.

Nogueira (34-8-1, 1 NC) has been sidelined for nearly a year, healing from an injury suffered in his last fight. In losing via armbar to No. 1 heavyweight contender Fabricio Werdum, Big Nog suffered a strained ligament in his arm.

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  • shakejunt

    star power

    • Jacob K

      I agree. We are seeing truly talented young fighters who don’t have a pro wrestling style persona not get these headline slots. Reem vs Mir is a main card fight but basically a UFC release fight. Hunt Bigfoot had no title relevancy. This is a headliner but it’s a skid stopper fight. wtf UFC where are the relevant top ten fights at hw. Hw is the freak fight division still.

      • Alex

        Still? It has always been like that.
        In HWs, most are freaks and fights are coin tosses, because everyone can get KOd by an idiot swing.

        Right now only 3 guys there are really worth to be main events: Cain, JDS and Browne.
        Maybe Miocic will learn something, but I guess he’s just the same as everyone else – meh.

  • taylor2008

    Instead of Roy rubbing his fat gut and making fun that he is overweight…he should be working on his cardio and speed. He got embarassed his last fight.

    • Alex

      If he loses his gut he becomes middleweight LOL.
      He’s lucky that his next fight is against a fighter who is old and shot.

      Both should be fired, and Mir should stay.

      • taylor2008

        I agree. They should keep Mir and get rid of Nog. I like Nog as a fighter but he needs to retire.