Antonio Nogueira Out Of UFC 109, Brandon Vera To Fight Jon Jones in March

Tim BockContributor IDecember 16, 2009

Due to a broken ankle suffered in training camp, UFC light heavyweight Antonio Rogerio Nogueira has pulled out of his scheduled UFC 109 fight with Brandon Vera, according to reports.  

The injury is one of many the organization has had to deal with in recent months. Fighters such as Brock Lesnar, Shane Carwin, Anderson Silva, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, Carlos Condit, Tyson Griffin and Gabriel Gonzaga were all either rumored or scheduled to fight in the first two months of 2010, but injuries are preventing them from doing so.

Nogueira made his UFC debut at UFC 106, earning a first-round TKO victory over Luiz Cane. The fight with Vera was scheduled to be on the main card at the February event. Vera’s last opponent, Randy Couture, is fighting Mark Coleman in the main event of the card. Also currently scheduled for the main card of the event is a rematch between Josh Koscheck and Paulo Thiago, as well as a middleweight fight between Nate Marquardt and Chael Sonnen.

The report also indicates that the UFC is searching for a possible replacement for Nogueira to fight Vera.


According to Brandon Vera's Twitter , he will now be facing Jon Jones in March.

"just found out I'm firing Jon Bones Jones on March 21st in Denver Colorado. hope u heard it here first!!!!"

The Vera vs. Jones fight is likely to headline the UFC Fight Night 21 card scheduled for Denver on that date. Jones is coming off a DQ loss to Matt Hamill at The Ultimate Finale 10. He is protesting the ruling of a DQ.