MMAjunkie verified the matchup between Nogueira (23-8 MMA, 6-5 UFC) and Spann (15-5 MMA, 1-0 UFC) with a person close to the situation following an initial report from Combate.com. The person requested anonymity because the UFC has yet to make an official announcement.
UFC 237 takes place May 11 and is expected to go down in Curitiba, Brazil. The main card airs on pay-per-view following prelims on ESPN and UFC Fight Pass.
Nogueira, 42, has alternated wins and losses over his past four fights. He’s coming off a second-round TKO victory over Sam Alvey at UFC Fight Night 137 in September in a contest that marked his return to the octagon from a nearly two-year layoff. Now the Brazilian icon and brother of UFC Hall of Famer Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira will return once again.
Looking to shut Nogueira down and get himself a notable win will be Spann, 27, who picked up a decision victory over Luis Henrique in his octagon debut at the same UFC Fight Night 137 card where Nogueira competed. “Superman” was supposed to fight Jim Crute at UFC 234 this month, but was forced to withdraw due to injury.
The latest UFC 237 card now includes:
Rose Namajunas vs. Jessica Andrade – for strawweight title
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Ryan Spann