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Antonio Rogerio Nogueira Targeting March or April Return to UFC

Antonio Rogerio NogueiraAntonio Rogerio Nogueira, who was recently forced to withdraw from a February UFC 109 matchup with Brandon Vera due to a broken ankle, is expecting to return to action in March or April, the light heavyweight’s manager, Ed Soares, recently told MMA Weekly.

Nogueira (18-3), a PRIDE and Affliction veteran, won “Knockout of the Night” honors in his debut at UFC 106 in November, taking out Luiz Cane in the opening round for his sixth-straight victory.

An opponent has not been determined for Nogueira’s return, though it’s unlikely to be Vera, who has reportedly been booked to fight Jon Jones on March 21 at the UFC’s first event on Versus.

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