Nogueira-Herman set for UFC 153
UFC officially announced the bout Wednesday evening as part of a reshuffled six-fight pay-per-view lineup after the loss of UFC 153's main event and co-main event contests.
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Nogueira, 36, returns to the cage for the first time since suffering a gruesome injury against Frank Mir last December. With his right arm entrapped in a Kimura, "Minotauro" refused to tap while attempting to escape. Mir tightened the armlock and the limb eventually gave way, snapping the Brazilian's right humerus.
The recovery proved longer than the former Pride heavyweight champion expected. Nogueira accepted a fight with Cheick Kongo for July. However, he bowed out because the arm had not healed enough to properly train. Nogueira returned to the gym full-time in August and recently said he's fully healed.
The fight with Nogueira marks Herman's third contest of 2012. Considered an undersized heavyweight, the 27-year-old American has suffered stoppages in his last two bouts against Stefan Struve and Roy Nelson, respectively.