Big Nog out vs. Cheick Kongo at UFC 149, Shawn Jordan in
The bad luck for UFC 149 continues, as Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira has become the latest fighter to withdraw from the July 21 card.
Nogueira has not healed completely from the surgery he underwent to repair a broken humerus suffered in his UFC 141 defeat to Frank Mir. Due to lingering effects from that injury, “Minotauro” will be unable to face Frenchman heavyweight Cheick Kongo at the event, which takes place at the Scotiabank Saddledome in Calgary, Alberta.
Taking the Brazilian’s place against Kongo will be former Louisiana State football standout Shawn Jordan.
“Minotauro” joins a lengthy list of notable fighters — Jose Aldo, Mauricio Rua, Thiago Silva, Thiago Alves, Michael Bisping, Yoshihiro Akiyama and Bibiano Fernandes — who have withdrawn or exited the card for various reasons.