roy-nelson-ufc-166A heavyweight bout between Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (34-8-1 MMA, 5-4 UFC) and Roy Nelson (19-9 MMA, 6-5 UFC) is being targeted for the UFC’s upcoming return to Abu Dhabi.

UFC Tonight” first reported the news on Wednesday. Although an exact date hasn’t been determined for the event, it could happen as soon as May, according to the report.

Nogueira, who’s been on the sidelines since a June loss to Fabricio Werdum, recently told MMAjunkie Radio he wants a fight with Nelson.

“If it’s [Nelson], I think it will be a good fight because the guy is tough,” Nogueira said. “(He’s) the kind of guy I like to fight.”

The UFC hasn’t been to the United Arab Emirates since UFC 112 in 2010, which included a championship doubleheader (and heavy criticism for then-middleweight champ Anderson Silva, who showboated and disengaged during much of his five-round headliner with challenger Demian Maia). The UFC has teased a potential return to Abu Dhabi in recent years, though such plans never materialized.

Nogueira has alternated between wins and losses during his seven fights since winning the UFC interim title in 2008. Limited to about a fight a year since then due to injuries, the 37-year-old would likely meet another fighter in a must-win situation in Nelson, who suffered decision losses to Stipe Miocic and Daniel Cormier in his two most recent outings.

For more on UFC Fight Night in Abu Dhabi, stay tuned to the UFC Rumors section of the site.

(Pictured: Roy Nelson)

view original article >>

Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

UFC middleweight Tim Kennedy not working with FBI on recent ISIS threat

  • 25 days ago
  • 16 views

So what happens when you’re apparently targeted by ISIS and notified by the FBI? If you’re Tim Kennedy, you stay ready and carry the proper tools. Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Khabib Nurmagomedov vs. Tony Ferguson targeted for UFC on FOX 19 in April

  • 14 days ago
  • 34 views

A lightweight bout between contenders Khabib Nurmagomedov and Tony Ferguson is targeted for UFC on FOX 19.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

'Shogun' vs. Evans, Chiesa vs. Dariush targeted for UFC on FOX 19 in April

  • 14 days ago
  • 8 views

Two former UFC champions are reportedly slated to meet in April at UFC on FOX 19.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Video: UFC Fight Night 82 media day face-offs, including many strange Roy Nelson faces

  • 7 days ago
  • 3 views

LAS VEGAS – Check out all the face-offs from today’s UFC Fight Night 82 media day, which include the card’s top fighters and two men trying to make a case to be the one to welcome Phil “CM Punk” Broo read news >>

UFC Fight Night 82’s Roy Nelson: The Roy Nelson experience is the UFC experience

  • 7 days ago
  • 4 views

How long can UFC heavyweight Roy Nelson keep trucking? A while longer, from the sound of it. The way Nelson sees things, there’s job security in the skill set he possesses.Filed under: Featured Video read news >>

Road warrior Nelson eager to get back on track at home

  • 8 days ago
  • 0 views

UFC's road warrior Roy Nelson finally returns to USA, and he's hoping to kickstart his title hopes back home in Las Vegas. read news >>

VIDEO: Are You Ready for the Roy Nelson Fight Experience?

  • 7 days ago
  • 3 views

UFC heavyweight Roy Nelson breaks down his UFC Fight Night 82 match-up with Jared Rosholt AND the "Roy Nelson Fight Experience!" read news >>

'Cowboy' vs. 'Cowboy' targeted as new UFC Fight Night 83 headliner

  • 6 days ago
  • 15 views

With Tim Means out, this month’s UFC Fight Night 83 headliner could feature “Cowboy” vs. “Cowboy.”Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Roy Nelson keeping it light ahead of UFC Fight Night 82, finding his jiu-jitsu again

  • 6 days ago
  • 8 views

LAS VEGAS – With five losses in his past six fights, it might be understandable if Roy Nelson wasn’t having a lot of fun at his day job these days. But it’s just the opposite.Filed under: Featured Vi read news >>

UFC Fight Night 82 Joe Silva Video Preview: Roy Nelson vs. Jared Rosholt

  • 6 days ago
  • 5 views

UFC matchmaker Joe Silva breaksdown the UFC Fight Night 82: Hendricks vs. Thompson co-main event between heavyweights Roy Nelson and Jared Rosholt. read news >>