UFC light heavyweight fighter Antonio Rogerio Nogueira will be looking to increase his UFC record to 3-0 and add another victory to his seven-fight winning streak when he takes on young up-and-comer Ryan Bader in the co-main event of UFC 119 later this month. “Little Nog” gave his thoughts on Bader as an opponent and on the fight itself in a recently released hype video for the fight.
“I guarantee that I’m going to give [Ryan Bader] his first loss of his career,” Nogueira promised. “My first fight in the UFC I started off with a great knockout on Luis Cane. It would be very gratifying to me to show my fans a great show and knock out Bader the same way I knocked out Luis Cane.”
“Minotoro” is a veteran of over twenty mixed martial arts fights to Bader’s eleven. He spent most of his career in the legendary PRIDE Fighting Championships and holds notable wins over the likes of Dan Henderson, Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion Alistair Overeem (twice), Vladimir Matyushenko, and Kazushi Sakuraba. The smaller Nogueira twin believes that it is his wealth of experience that will guide him to a win over young upstart Ryan Bader.
“Bader is a guy full of energy and determination,” Nogueira said. “Bader is a new guy, he wants to establish himself in the rankings. I’m an older guy. With more experience and experience will work in my favor and help me beat Bader in this fight.”
“Little Nog” most recently appeared in action against the little-known Jason Brilz at UFC 114 where he took home a split-decision victory in a fight that could have gone either way. Brilz surprised Nogueira with effective wrestling and an impressive ground game that constantly had Nogueira working. Bader is a former NCAA Division-1 wrestler from Arizona State University and seems to have the wrestling know-how to give Nogueira fits. “Minotoro” believes, however, that his vaunted Brazilian jiu-jitsu game will be enough to counter Bader’s wrestling once the fight hits the mat.
“He definitely has a lot more experience in wrestling than I do but I think what I’m missing in my wrestling game he is missing in his jiu-jitsu game on the ground,” said Nogueira. “So I think if he takes the fight to the ground he is going to get caught. So it’s probably wiser for him to keep the fight standing up.”
UFC 119 is taking place this September 25th at the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana and will be headlined by heavyweight fighters Frank Mir and Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic.