Yesterday TAGG Radio reported that one-time UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir (10-3 MMA, 8-3 UFC) will likely face Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (30-4-1 MMA, 1-0 UFC) in his next fight. However, according to Mir’s own camp, up-and-coming heavyweight Cheick Kongo (11-3-1 MMA, 4-1 UFC) may also be a possibility.
After learning of the rumored Mir-Nogueira fight, MMAjunkie.com (UFC news, MMA news, UFC rumors, UFC gossip, fighter interviews and event previews and recaps - MMAjunkie.com (formerly UFCjunkie.com)
) contacted Mir’s business manager, Dean Albrecht, late last night.
Albrecht is one of the sport’s friendliest and most professional managers, but much to the chagrin of nosy MMA writers, he doesn’t leak fight bookings until the UFC officially announces them. When asked if the Nogueira-Mir bout was official, Albrecht assured us it wasn’t.
“No official announcement,” he wrote to us. “We are hoping for Kongo first. He called out Mir. I think he deserves it.“
While Nogueira was quickly deemed a huge test for Mir, Kongo has emerged as a legit threat himself. After posting a stunning upset of Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic earlier this month at UFC 75 (while showing a much-improved ground game), the Frenchman has emerged as a top-10 heavyweight in many fighter rankings.
Kongo’s lone blemish on his UFC record is a close, split-decision loss to Carmelo Marrero at UFC 64. His victories have come against Gilbert Aldana, Christian Wellisch, Assuerio Silva and Filipovic.
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