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Three bouts in and we are on our third rematch. Maybe we should call this card UFC: revenge as opposed to UFC: Rio. Mir and Nogueira squared off as coaches on the eight season of The Ultimate Fighter and had agreed to meet at UFC 92 for the UFC Interim Heavyweight Championship.
The winner would then go on to face newly crowned heavyweight champ Brock Lesnar who had taken the title off of Randy Couture just one month earlier at UFC 91. Not too many people were giving Mir much of a chance against Nogueira. Both men were two of the best BJJ practitioners in the world and many wondered just how Mir could beat the former Pride Heavyweight Champion.
Ultimately Mir dominated Nogueira, knocking him down twice in the first round with pinpoint striking and finished him off at 1:57 of the second round. Not only did he become the heavyweight champion again, he became the first man to finish Nogueira.
Shortly after the bout reports surfaced that Big Nog had suffered a knee injury and a severe case of staph infection that had him hospitalized in the weeks leading up to the bout.
The rematch was originally scheduled for UFC 119, but once again Nogueira was hurt and pulled out. Brazilian fans would love nothing more than to see the legend pay Mir back and settle the score.