Anthony 'Rumble' Johnson's return to the UFC is set to continue with yet another high-profile opponent, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in July.
Confirmed by FOXSports.com's Mike Chiappetta, the two fighters are set to clash when the UFC comes back to the San Jose's SAP Center, which last year held a lightweight title clash between Benson Henderson and Gilbert Melendez.
For Johnson it will be his second fight since his return to the UFC, this time competing in the 205lb light-heavyweight division, after he dismantled Phil Davis over three rounds at UFC 172 two weeks ago.
His opponent will also be making a return to the UFC, with 'Little Nog' coming back from a year's absence.
He last fought in February 2013, when he defeated Rashad Evans at UFC 156. A push for the title was delayed by injury and fights against contenders like Mauricio 'Shogun' Rua and Alexander Gustafsson both had to be cancelled due to his cumulative injuries.
He think he's fit now but it wouldn't be a surprise to many if the 37 year old had to withdraw from the bout due to either a recurring injury or a new one picked up in his training camp.
If the fight goes on as planned though, Johnson has to be the heavy favorite.
His crushing victory over Phil Davis saw him rocket all the way into #5 in the UFC's rankings, the spot that Nogueira used to occupy before being pulled from the rankings due to injury.
Johnson is fancied as a title contender but would likely have to wait until next year to get his shot, with champion Jon Jones lined up to face Alexander Gustafsson in a rematch of their 'Fight of the Year' bout, and the winner of Daniel Cormier vs Dan Henderson has initially been given the next shot after that.
If Cormier wins he says he plans on waiting it out until he gets to fight Jones, who he thinks will beat Gustafsson. If Henderson manages to upset Cormier, then Johnson may get a chance to take his number one contender status in the winter given Henderson's willingness to fight.
For 'Little Nog' it would be the second biggest victory of his career, just behind the win over Evans, and maybe a chance for him to contend for the title, but with his injuries and age, it may be the last we see of the Nogueira twins in the UFC.
His brother, heavyweight fighter, 'Minotauro' Nogueira was knocked out by Roy Nelson in the first round of their clash in Abu Dhabi last month, and Dana White said he doesn't want to see 'Big Nog' in the octagon again after such a performance.
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