Little Nog never accepted Gustafsson fight


Late last month it was announced that Alexander Gustafsson would not be getting the immediate Jon Jones rematch with a title on the line that he had hoped for. Instead, he would be getting Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, on March 8, 2014, in London, England. 'Little Nog' was coming off what may be the Upset of the Year, beating Rashad Evans at UFC 156, and before that a win over Tito Ortiz.

The hard core fanbase was baffled when just six days later Ariel Helwani announced that Little Nog has been forced to withdraw from the fight due a back injury. How do you take a fight four months away and then back out less than a week later due to a continuing back injury?

The UFC tries to book fighters three times per year, and Little Nog has fought just six times in four years. Injury has repeatedly forced him from scheduled fights during his career in the UFC, including Gustafsson twice, Rich Franklin, and, for the same back injury, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua.

Chael Sonnen, who predicted the drop out, was merciless on Twitter.
•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
•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
•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

However, in response to a reporters question at the post fight media scrum Saturday night about whether he was frustrated with Little Nog's record of injuries, UFC president Dana White said that Nogueira never accepted the fight with Gustafsson in the first place.

"The fight isn't for four months, and he's already determined he's hurt," said White. "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 hold of (Little Nog), so I said, 'F--- it,' and just went with it and announced the fight. And of course, he's hurt."

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MisterHawkeMMA site profile image  

11/11/13 9:57 AM by MisterHawkeMMA

Little Nog hasn't fought since February. What type of injury could he have that would have him out that long, plus indefinitely through the beginning of next year? Did he hurt himself recently and not tell anyone?That would've been a very fun fight to see. And a style match up that would've gave Nog a chance to win.

DatSpider site profile image  

11/11/13 9:34 AM by DatSpider

That is beside the point. Every dog has its day. It's a big, big opportunity with no risks involved, whatsoever.I still fail to see how it could possible be a bad thing for him?Lil Nog was in the same exact position against Rashad Evans, who was going to face Anderson Silva if he'd won.

KingofBJJ site profile image  

11/11/13 5:08 AM by KingofBJJ

Calling him Brittle Nog is fighter bashing.  I'd edit that out if I were you.

KingofBJJ site profile image  

11/11/13 5:07 AM by KingofBJJ

"the UFC tries to schedule fighter THREE TIMES a year."   Say what?  that is bullshit.  Only a select few get to fight three times a year.  Everyone else is lucky if they get two fights a year.  Some only get fights once every nine months. When you are only making less than $10k a fight that is a big deal.

minotauro11 site profile image  

11/11/13 1:28 AM by minotauro11

Well you don't know me then.People disrespecting a guy who has been around and has contributed as much as Lil Nog really makes me lose even more faith in the UG these days.

DEZBOT site profile image  

11/11/13 12:33 AM by DEZBOT

So lil nog coppin all this shit when Dana's the one at fault

ChaosOverkill site profile image  

11/11/13 12:28 AM by ChaosOverkill

This, what a joke

jpm995 site profile image  

11/11/13 12:26 AM by jpm995

I thought this fight sounded strange when it was announced. Very unprofessional of Dana on to announce without contacting Nog first, imagine if they announced Mayweather/Packman then said they never asked one of the fighters?

GayGuardMooseSaucy site profile image  

11/10/13 11:15 PM by GayGuardMooseSaucy

Makes main event fight                              Doesn't get verbal commitment from one of the fighters                              Throws you under the bus for pulling out of a fight you were never offered                             

Rambo John J site profile image  

11/10/13 9:17 PM by Rambo John J

Cause Dana said so...