After catching Brendan Schaub off guard at UFC Rio, the man on the cover of the upcoming Brazilian issue of GRACIEMAG, Rodrigo “Minotauro” Nogueira, already has a return date confirmed by the event’s promoters. The heavyweight will face old acquaintance in Frank Mir, another Jiu-Jitsu black belt, at the December 10 UFC 140 show at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto – another likely packed house for the Canadian metropolis, which holds the record crowd and gate in the entire history of the UFC (55,000 spectators and 11 million dollars gate).
Rodrigo and Frank Mir faced off for the first time at UFC 98, in 2008, after the two spent a season as coaches in the reality show “The Ultimate Fighter”. On the occasion, Mino told GRACIEMAG he felt he was superior to Mir both standing and on the ground. In the end, though, Minotauro lasted by two round. It was the first knockout ever suffered by the Brazilian idol.
Check out the card for UFC 140 as it stands so far:
Frank Mir vs Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira
Rory MacDonald vs Brian Ebersole
Rich Attonito vs Claude Patrick
John Cholish vs Mitch Clarke