According to Fighters Only, an undisclosed injury will force Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira out of his rematch with Frank Mir at UFC 119. The organization wasted no time in finding a replacement for the former interim champ, as Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic has agreed to sub in and meet Mir in the main event of the September 25th show.
Sources told the popular MMA magazine that Big Nog’s injury will likely require surgery and it’s not a repeat of the staph infection he reportedly suffered before his TKO loss to Mir in their first meeting.
Cro Cro submitted Pat Barry in his last Octagon appearance at UFC 115. CC, who was once considered one of the sport’s deadliest strikers, has since recruited Barry’s services to help him get back to the land of the elites.
Mir was thrashed by Shane Carwin the last time he took the stage. While he temporarily danced with the idea of dropping to the 205-pound division, he opted to remain in the class where he’s a multi-time champ.
Nogueria was put down by fast-rising Cain Velasquez in his last outing at UFC 110. The victory earned the stud a shot at Brock Lesnar’s heavyweight strap in October.
No timetable has been set for Nogueira’s return.
UFC 119 takes place inside the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana. The show marks the organization’s debut in the Hoosier state.