The bad luck for UFC 149 continues, as Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira has become the latest fighter to withdraw from the July 21 card.
Nogueira has not healed completely from the surgery he underwent to repair a broken humerus suffered in his UFC 141 defeat to Frank Mir.
Taking the Brazilian’s place against Kongo will be former Louisiana State football standout Shawn Jordan . Though the pairing has not been officially announced by the UFC, Sherdog.com confirmed on Saturday with sources close to the Jackson’s MMA representative that Jordan has accepted the bout.
“Minotauro” joins a lengthy list of notable fighters — Jose Aldo, Mauricio Rua, Thiago Silva, Thiago Alves, Michael Bisping, Yoshihiro Akiyama and Bibiano Fernandes — who have withdrawn or exited the card for various reasons. UFC 149 is expected to be headlined by an interim bantamweight title tilt between Urijah Faber and Renan Pegado.