Report: UFC Eyeing Roy Nelson-’Minotauro’ Nogueira for 2014 Abu Dhabi Return

By Mike Whitman Jan 30, 2014
Roy Nelson is expected to face Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira in Abu Dhabi. | Dave Mandel/

A heavyweight clash between Roy Nelson and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira is reportedly in the works for the UFC’s return to the United Arab Emirates this year.

The proposed matchup is expected to take place in Abu Dhabi and was reported Wednesday evening during the new episode of “UFC Tonight.” No date has been set for the event, according to the report.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has not visited Abu Dhabi since 2010, when Anderson Silva toyed with Demian Maia in the middleweight title headliner of UFC 112. That event also saw Frankie Edgar dethrone B.J. Penn from atop the lightweight division, as “The Answer” earned a controversial unanimous decision over “The Prodigy” to snatch the gold.

Nelson, 37, saw a three-fight winning streak snapped by Stipe Miocic this past June, when the Ohioan used superior movement and accuracy to outpoint “Big Country” at UFC 161. The former IFL champion then suffered the same fate against Daniel Cormier in October, dropping a unanimous decision to the ex-Olympian at UFC 166.

Also 37, Nogueira has alternated wins and losses in his last seven outings. The former Pride Fighting Championships ruler competed just once in 2013, submitting to a Fabricio Werdum armbar this past June at UFC on Fuel TV 10.


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