A light heavyweight confrontation between Rashad
Evans and Antonio
Rogerio Nogueira is reportedly being targeted for the UFC’s
Super Bowl weekend card on Feb. 2.
Brazilian outlet Globo first
reported the news Wednesday morning; verbal agreements are
reportedly in place for the bout. The UFC has announced neither the
contest nor the event, which would serve as the most recent
iteration of the promotion’s traditional show held on the eve of
the NFL’s Super Bowl.
A former UFC light heavyweight champion, Evans, 33, has not
competed since stumbling this past April in his UFC 145 title
collision with former training partner and reigning 205-pound king
Jones. That defeat snapped a four-fight winning streak for
Evans, who kicked off 2012 with a unanimous decision win over
fellow wrestler Phil Davis on
Nogueira, 36, rebounded from back-to-back defeats in his most
recent outing, as “Minotoro” stopped UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz this
past December at UFC 140. The victory came on the heels of a unique
circumstance for the Brazilian, who suffered consecutive defeats
for the first time in his 11-year pro career when he fell to
Bader and Davis in September 2010 and March 2011, respectively.