Heavyweight contenders Cain Velasquez and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira will likely meet in a featured matchup at UFC 108 on January 2 in Las Vegas, according to Tatame, which cites a report from Nogueira’s manager Ed Soares.
Velasquez (7-0) improved his UFC record to 5-0 with a second-round knockout of Ben Rothwell last month at UFC 104.
Nogueira (32-5-1), who had been expected to fight the winner of Brock Lesnar vs. Shane Carwin before the fight was postponed from UFC 106 to early next year, rebounded from a disappointing loss to Frank Mir with an impressive decision win over Randy Couture in August.
The winner of Velasquez-Nogueira is likely to challenge the Lesnar-Carwin winner for the heavyweight title in mid-2010.
UFC 108 also includes Rashad Evans vs. Thiago Silva, Junior dos Santos vs. Gabriel Gonzaga, and Carlos Condit vs. Paul Daley, but the traditional blockbuster event is unlikely to feature a championship main event.
Pictured: Cain Velasquez