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Antonio Rogerio Nogueira Never Agreed to Fight Alexander Gustafsson

Written by Tom Ngo
November 10th, 2013
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UFC Light Heavyweight Antonio Rogerio Nogueira

That’s two times in as many months that the UFC has announced a fight, only to have to cancel it shortly after.

The first blunder came when it was reported light heavyweight king Jon Jones would defend his throne against Glover Teixeira at UFC 169. However, Jones isn’t quite ready to go following September’s war with Alexander Gustafsson.

Then, UFC president Dana White said oft-injured Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (pictured) would meet Gustafsson in England. Five days later, it was confirmed Nogueria was out with lingering back issues.

In Jones’ case, White jokingly blamed UFC matchmaker Joe Silva for jumping the gun. For “Little Nog,” he took the heat because he should have known better.

“First of all, the fight isn’t for four months and [Nogueira’s] determined that he’s already hurt,” a seemingly agitated White said Saturday. “I don’t understand that. The guy is always hurt. Every time you call him, he’s hurt.

“What happened was that night we decided to make the fight, Gustafsson said, ‘Yes,’ and they couldn’t get a hold of [Nogueira], so I said, ‘F*** it,’ and just went with it and announced the fight. And of course, he’s hurt.”

Gustafsson now fights Jimi Manuwa on March 8 in London, while Nogueira is expected to be sidelined until May.

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