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Rogerio Nogueira vs Ryan Bader @ UFC 119

Indianapolis has at least one piece of their main event fights for UFC 119.

Light heavyweights Antonio Rogeiro Nogueira and former "Ultimate Fighter" winner Ryan Bader have verbally agreed to meet on Sept 25 as a part of UFC 119, and they are expected to serve as the co-main event of the evening.

The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight on Thursday, stating bout fighters have agreed to the fight, and bout agreements should be issued shortly.

Rumors surfaced prior to UFC 116 that Nogueira was going to face former champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, but UFC president told reporters following the event that they had not put that fight together as Jackson was still fulfilling commitments for the "A-Team" movie overseas, and had not been in the mix yet.

Nogueira will indeed be on the card, but against a different opponent.

At 19-3 overall, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira is one of the top fighters in the light heavyweight division looking to get into title contention. An impressive UFC debut saw him knock out Luis Cane in under two minutes, but the Brazilian struggled in his second fight against late replacement Jason Brilz.

Nogueira will face another extremely tough wrestler this time around as well, but also one with knockout power as shown in his last fight.

Ryan Bader (11-0) comes into UFC 119 with a flawless record, and a desire to take the next step up in competition. Defeating Team Jackson fighter Keith Jardine at UFC 110 in Australia by knockout, Bader has shown marked improvement in his striking, and has vicious power in his hands and knees.

Since leaving the "Ultimate Fighter" season 8 finale, Bader has gone 3-0 and now hopes to get into title contention with his next fight against Nogueira.

As previously stated, the bout between Nogeuira and Bader will serve as the co-main event of the evening, while the work to fill another main event fight continues. MMAWeekly.com will have more information on that fight when it becomes available.
I never saw this one coming. Clearly the winner is going to be well in the mix for a shot. After the Brilz fight... hmmm, I dont fancy Lil Nogs chances.
 

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Does Bader have the gas and sub awareness to avoid getting caught? If he takes Nog down and rests on him, he could get put to sleep.

That said, If Bader can conserve his energy and fight smart, he takes this.
 

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Does Bader have the gas and sub awareness to avoid getting caught? If he takes Nog down and rests on him, he could get put to sleep.

That said, If Bader can conserve his energy and fight smart, he takes this.
I completely agree. As long as Bader paces himself and doesn't come out like the Tasmanian Devil, I can only see this going one way. I do however tend to be wrong an awful lot.
 

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^^ Also agreed. Bader is on strong dude. He has a lot of power in his hands and when he lands one of his bombs...it's game over. That being said, he tends to wear himself out when throwing those big punches. If he fixed that problem, he will cause Nog more trouble than Brilz did.
Great match-up!
 

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Great match-up. Could see either guy finishing it standing. On the ground it depends on Baders sub defence and ability to defend against sweeps I think. If Nog is back to his best I think he takes it, otherwise Bader.
 

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As Soojoo said, I'm wrong an awful lot when it comes to picking fights, but I see Bader taking this. Nogueira looked awesome in his UFC debut, but definitely sputtered out against Brillz. I think Bader is tough - He'll take the W.
 

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this is an awesome matchup, can't wait!!

If lil nog turns up like last time he will lose but ive got a feeling we will see a better Nog this time round.

Bader to win though.
 

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if baders got a gas tank (unlikey) and doesn't get too in love with his hands like in the jardine fight than he should UD lil nog.

hopefully he does
I don't think he got too in love with his hands as much as he really couldn't out-wrestle Jardine. He won't have that problem with Nog, but if he does stand with Nog it's a mistake because Nog's boxing is way more likely to finish someone than Jardine's.

I think people don't give Brilz and his style enough credit for the Nog fight. I think Bader is a hugely dangerous opponent, but I will be picking Nog for the win I think.
 

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Nogueira vs. Mir Rematch to Main Event UFC 119, Little Nog vs. Bader in Co-Main

http://www.mmafighting.com/2010/07/...match-to-main-event-ufc-119-little-nog-vs-b/?

With UFC 119 on the hunt for star power, it's the Nogueira brothers to the rescue.

MMA legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira gets his long-awaited rematch with Frank Mir in the main event of UFC 119, MMA Fighting has learned.

UFC President Dana White has confirmed the matchup to MMA Fighting. He also confirmed a light-heavyweight bout pitting Antonio Rogerio Nogueira vs. Ryan Bader in the co-main event.

Rodrigo (32-6-1, 1 no contest) is coming off a February knockout loss at the hands of current No. 1 contender Cain Velasquez. Nogueira, a former PRIDE champ who also once held the UFC interim title, suffered his first UFC loss at the hands of Mir in Dec. 2008.

In that defeat, Mir became the first fighter ever to finish Nogueira, closing the fight with a second-round TKO, though Nogueira maintains his body was compromised by a staph infection, and has always voiced the desire for a rematch.

Mir hasn't fought since a March loss to Shane Carwin in a No. 1 contenders fight. After losing via TKO, Mir contemplated a move to light-heavyweight, but ultimately decided to stay in the division where he once wore gold.

While the matchup of former champs might boast more star power than the co-main event, the bout pitting "Little Nog" against Bader holds more importance in its division, as neither man has yet lost during his UFC career.

Bader (11-0) shot to fame on season eight of the Ultimate Fighter, and has earned four straight victories in the octagon, including a knockout over Keith Jardine in February for his most recent win. Nogueira represents a major leap forward for the Arizona-based fighter. Ranked by many as one of the sport's top 10 light-heavyweights, Nogueira is 19-3 overall and 2-0 in his brief UFC run. In his most recent fight, he won a controversial split decision against late replacement Jason Brilz.

In such a deep division, the loser of this match faces the prospect of falling far down the list of contenders.

The UFC had hoped to stage the Brock Lesnar vs. Cain Velasquez championship fight as UFC 119's main event, but Lesnar's wife is due to have a baby in the next few weeks and the champ also likely needs some time off after a long training camp returning from illness as well as a physically grueling bout with Carwin at UFC 116.

White told MMA Fighting a timetable for the Lesnar-Velasquez fight is still undecided.

UFC 119 is expected to take place at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on Sept. 25.
Wow!...

Nog Night!

Haha. I cant wait!

Mods might want to merge my previous Nog vs Bader thread into this one?
Previous thread: http://www.mmaforum.com/ufc/78900-rogerio-nogueira-vs-ryan-bader-ufc-119-a.html
 

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Would prefer Nog vs Cro Cop TBH.
 

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It seems like, to me at least, the main and co-main events should be switched. Lil Nog / Bader has real implications. Mir / Big Nog doesn't really (at least title implications I mean.) This is just ok looking card so far, but to be fair, UFC 117 and 118 are spoiling MMA fans including myself haha. UFC 117 is probably the card I've been most looking forward to seeing in history.
 

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Nog may have had a staph infection going into his first fight with Mir, but i dont really see what Mir has to gain from this fight?
 
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