Rich Franklin vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira booked for UFC 133Posted on April 22, 2011, 07:04 PM by Joey Santosus
UFC 133 continues to come together today with the addition of a Light Heavyweight bout between former Middleweight champ Rich Franklin and PRIDE veteran Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
UFC officials confirmed the match-up on Friday afternoon.
Franklin (28-6) comes into the bout having alternated wins and losses in his last six outings. After dropping two of his final three at Middleweight, he moved up to the 205-pound division, where he initially found success with a first-round knockout victory over Chuck Liddell last June. In his latest effort, however, Franklin was unable to overcome a marked size disadvantage and was controlled by Forrest Griffin en-route to losing a unanimous decision at UFC 126.
Nogueira (19-5), meanwhile, looks to get back in the win column after suffering consecutive defeats for the first time in his career. Prior to the losses, which both came via decision against high level wrestlers Phil Davis and Ryan Bader, the Brazilian was unbeaten in his last seven, including victories over Jason Brilz and Luiz Cane in his first two octagon appearances.
UFC 133 is set to take place August 6th and is expected to be held at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. While no headliner has been announced at this time, other confimed bouts include Vitor Belfort vs. Yoshihiro Akiyama, Jorge Rivera vs. Alessio Sakara, Dennis Hallman vs. Brian Ebersole and more.
Photo: Rich Franklin before his fight against Jason MacDonald during Ultimate Fighting Championship UFC 68 at the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, OH on March 3, 2007. Photo credit: Francis Specker