In case you missed the news, former UFC interim heavyweight champion, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira was forced to withdraw from his scheduled UFC 149 appearance against Cheick Kongo.
Still going through the rehabilitation process for his broken arm suffered at the hands of Frank Mir, the Brazilian fan favorite is unable to commit to the fight.
In his place comes the always tough Shawn Jordan.
UFC 149 goes down from Calgary, Alberta, Canada’s Scotiabank Saddledome on July 21. After losing the main event between Aldo and Koch, Urijah Faber will fight Renan Barao for the UFC’s interim bantamweight title.
This newly agreed upon bout between Kongo and Jordan will be featured on the main card.
Kongo (17-7-2) is coming off a loss to Mark Hunt at the recent UFC 144 event in Japan which snapped a four fight unbeaten run (3-0-1).
Jordan comes into the UFC as part of the Strikeforce acquisition and successfully made his UFC debut against Oli Thompson at UFC on FX 2 this past March.
The UFC 149 lineup now looks as follows:
MAIN CARD: (Pay-per-view)
Urijah Faber vs. Renan Barao (for interim bantamweight title)
Tim Boetsch vs. Hector Lombard
Shawn Jordan vs. Cheick Kongo*
Siyar Bahadurzada vs. Chris Clements
PRELIMINARY CARD: (FX)
Mitch Clarke vs. Anton Kuivanen
Court McGee vs. Nick Ring
Bryan Caraway vs. Mitch Gagnon
Antonio Carvalho vs. George Roop
Ryan Jimmo vs. Anthony Perosh
James Head vs. Claude Patrick