A herniated disk has forced Antonio
out of his co-main event bout with Mauricio Rua
The Brazilian website Globo.com
first broke the news, and several outlets have since confirmed
Nogueira’s withdrawal from the June 15 event. UFC officials are
reportedly searching for a replacement opponent for Rua.
UFC 161 takes place at the MTS Center in Winnipeg, Canada on June
15 and is headlined by a light heavyweight confrontation between
Evans and Dan
Henderson. Nogueira’s ailment is the second significant injury
to affect the card -- Renan Barao
withdraw from an interim bantanweight title defense against
Wineland last month. As a result of Barao’s injury, the
promotion added a heavyweight bout between Roy Nelson
Miocic to the main bill.
Rua and Nogueira first crossed paths in the Pride Fighting
Championships on June 26, 2005, with “Shogun” earning a unanimous
decision triumph. Rua competed twice in 2012, earning a
fourth-round TKO over Brandon Vera
at UFC on Fox 4 before dropping a unanimous decision against
Gustafsson at UFC on Fox 5.
“Minotoro” returned to the Octagon for the first time in more than
a year at UFC 156, where he scored a surprising three-round verdict
over Evans in a largely uneventful affair. Nogueira also owns wins
Ortiz, Jason Briz and Luiz Cane
during his UFC tenure.
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