On Sunday UFC president Dana White announced a light heavyweight fight between Antonio Rogerio Nogueira and Alexander Gustafsson at on March 8, in London, England. If Gustafsson got the win, he was to get another title shot against the winner of Jon Jones vs. Glover Teixeira.
However, Little Nog has been forced from the fight due a back injury. Ariel Helwani confirmed the news with UFC president Dana White.
Nogueira has not fought since beating Rashad Evans at UFC 156 in Ferbruary via unanimous decision. Injury has repeatedly forced Little Nog from several scheduled fights during his career in the UFC, including Gustafsson previously, Rich Franklin, and, for the same back injury, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.
Chael Sonnen, who predicted the drop out, opened up on Nogueira with a massive combination of insults, via Twitter.
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•Lil Nog: the only man who has 'no-showed' more times than Axl Rose.
•He fights less than Ghandi
•FOR SALE: MMA GLOVES Never used. Contact Lil' Nog, 1 Fragile Chicken Road, No-Show, Brazil
•He signs his contracts in disappearing ink
•He gets hurt more than Johnny Knoxville
•Too bad he can't list his profession as "Fight Avoider" on his tax return
•Maybe Dos Santos can lend Lil Nog his heart while his face heals
•He's the "Carmen Sandiego" of MMA
•Instead of a contract, Joe Silva faxes him a Missing Person's Report
•it's Halloween. Lil' Nog went as a FIGHTER
•But he didn't fool anybody and got no candy
No plans have been announced for a replacement.
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