Antonio Rogerio Nogueira turned a lot of heads when he dropped out of his scheduled bout with Alexander Gustafsson less than a week after the fight was announced. However, it turns out he never actually took the fight to begin with.
At the post-UFC Fight Night 32 press conference, UFC president Dana White explained that they decided to announce the fight before they got a hold of Nogueira.
“What happened was that night we decided to make the fight,” White said. “Gustafsson said yes, and they couldn’t get hold of [Nogueira], so I said, ‘F–k it,’ and just went with it and announced the fight, and of course, he’s hurt.”
The fight was originally scheduled to headline the first event in the UFC’s upcoming “European Tour” on March 8, 2014. Nogueira was unable to take the fight though due to a back injury. He has been out of competition for over a year.
Despite the mix-up on the UFC’s end, Dana White still isn’t happy with Nogueira’s track record.
“The fight isn’t for four months, and he’s already determined he’s hurt,” White said. “I don’t understand that. The guy is always hurt. Every time you call him, he’s hurt.”
Nogueira has fought just six times in the four years since signing with the UFC.
Gustafsson is now scheduled to face Jimi Manuwa at the event.