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Griffin vs. Nogueira Expected at UFC 113

Forrest Griffin

A light heavyweight match-up between Forrest Griffin and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira is expected to be added to an already solid UFC 113 card.

"It's almost set, we're negotiating, but it's ... not confirmed by the UFC yet," Nogueira told

Both Nogueira and Griffin are widely regarded as Top 10 light heavyweights, and a match-up between them would put the winner close to title contention. The light heavyweight championship will also be determined at UFC 113, with the rematch between champion Lyoto Machida and No. 1 contender Shogun Rua serving as the main event.

If Griffin and Shogun both win at UFC 113, a rematch of their 2007 bout (which Griffin won by third-round submission) would be a huge fight for the light heavyweight title. Realistically, however, Griffin probably would need to win at least one more fight after Nogueira before he'd be in line for another shot at the belt, and the winner of the upcoming Rampage Jackson-Rashad Evans fight will likely stay ahead of the Griffin-Nogueira winner in the light heavyweight pecking order.

UFC 113 hasn't been officially announced, but it's tentatively scheduled for May 8 in Montreal. In addition to Shogun-Machida 2 and Griffin-Nogueira, other fights that have been discussed for the card include Kimbo Slice vs. Matt Mitrione, Josh Koscheck vs. Paul Daley, Patrick Cote vs. Alan Belcher, Jonathan Goulet vs. Marcus Davis, T.J. Grant vs. Johny Hendricks and Jeremy Stephens vs. Sam Stout.

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