Big Nog pulls out of UFC 119 bout against Frank Mir; Mirko Cro Cop steps in as replacementPosted on August 15, 2010, 01:37 PM by Daniel Cassidy
With just 6 weeks until the event, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira has pulled out of his UFC 119 bout against Former Heavyweight Champ Frank Mir. The two were set to have a rematch of their UFC 92 bout, which Mir dominated completely. Big Nog later claimed to be suffering from a severe staph infection.
While details of the injury are not yet known, it is believed the Heavier of the two Noguiera twins will require surgery. According to sources close to the fighter, he is said to be "incredibly frustrated" by the injury, which will keep him out of action until 2011.
While no announcement has yet been made as to a replacement, Frank Mir is still expected to headline the September 25th card against a currently undisclosed opponent, but the same sourced revealed “a really big name opponent” is set to be announced.
This injury continues the current trend of fighters having to pull out of fights. In recent months, Thiago Silva, Phil Baroni and Alan Belcher, amongst others, have all been forced to drop out of their fights recently.
The same source that revealed Nog's injury is now saying that Mirko Cro Cop will step in as a replacement. Cro Cop was last seen in a submission win over Pat Barry at UFC 115. A win over Mir could propell the Croatian back to the upper ranks of the Heavyweight Division. The Source claims that Mirko has put pen to paper for the bout.
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Source: Fighters Only Magazine