It appears Antonio Rogerio Nogueira has suffered an injury during training, forcing him out of his bout with Alexander Gustafsson. This is not the first time this has happened to Nogueira, and it’s becoming a repeating pattern for him, unfortunately.
He had the chance to defeat one of the best light heavyweights in the world, Gustafsson, but now he will have to sit on the sidelines that much longer. He is coming off a great win over Rashad Evans, but he may not have what it takes anymore, in terms of staying healthy during training. Chael Sonnen would take shots at Nogueira for pulling out of the bout via Twitter:
Lil Nog: the only man who has ‘no-showed’ more times than Axl Rose. He gets hurt more than Johnny Knoxville. It’s Halloween. Lil’ Nog went as a FIGHTER
Those are some fighting words right there and actually quite comedic. Sonnen is known for taking shots at fighters, especially ones who sign a contract and fail to deliver for the UFC company. Nogueira has yet to respond to Sonnen, but it’s clear that this is a huge setback for Nogueira.
Now, the UFC will have to find another replacement for Gustafsson, and there aren’t many on the table right now. Jon Jones, the current light heavyweight champ, is set to take on Glover Teixeira. Maybe the UFC could match Gustafsson up with Daniel Cormier. That seems like the most intriguing fight right now if the UFC doesn’t mind getting rid of a viable contender for the belt.