Antonio Rogerio Nogueira will return to the Octagon for the first time in nearly two years when he locks horns with Sam Alvey at UFC Fight Night Sao Paulo on Sept. 22.
Brazilian outlet Combate.com was first to report the light heavyweight booking. UFC Fight Night 137 takes place at Ibirapuera Gymnasium in Sao Paul, Brazil. A main event for the card has not been revealed.
Nogueira was scheduled to face Jared Cannonier at UFC on Fox 26 in December before being flagged by USADA for a failed drug test. “Minotouro” was eventually handed a reduced suspension after it was determined that Brazilian pharmacies selling contaminated supplements were responsible for the result. The 42-year-old Brazilian hasn’t competed since suffering a third-round TKO defeat against Ryan Bader at UFC Fight Night 100 in November 2016.
Alvey, meanwhile, has gone 2-0 since moving from middleweight to light heavyweight. “Smile’n” Sam scored a first-round knockout of Marcin Prachnio at UFC on Fox 28 before taking a split verdict over Gian Villante at UFC Fight Night 131. The 32-year-old Team Quest product is 10-5 during his promotional tenure.