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Lil’ Nog plans to make Bader stand with him at UFC 119
UFC light heavyweight and former Pride veteran Antonio Rogerio Nogueira recently revealed that he plans to keep the fight standing when he meets the undefeated division prospect Ryan Bader at UFC 119.
Speaking via Tatame Magazine, Nogueira explained his strategy heading into the bout, “I have not seen many of his fights, the UFC has taken the videos off the internet, but from what I saw, the guy has good wrestling and tries to take you down then work the ground and pound. He should arrive in very good physical condition and he is too damn strong! It is a fight that probably will last the distance. I have to train everything, I have to train all situations because we do not know what he will do. We want to stand and not take it down, I will not pull guard and I will fight on foot, so then have to train everything: boxing, Muay Thai, some kicks and defenses to prevent his wrestling entries. It is very complicated.”
Rogerio was last seen in action at UFC 114, where he came away with a razor-thin split decision victory over Jason Brilz. As a late replacement for an injured Forrest Griffin, Brilz was a heavy underdog coming into the match-up. However, the bout turned out to be much more closely contended then expected.
“It was a hard struggle, I have respect for him, he was well conditioned… It was not my best night, but I tried my best … So much that was considered the best fight of the night,” Nogueira said.
While Rogerio’s light heavyweight showdown with Bader will serve as the co-main event, UFC 119 was originally set to be headlined by the rematch between the heavier of the Nogueira brothers, Antonio Rodrigo, and former heavyweight champion Frank Mir. However, recent reports have stated that Rodrigo has been forced to withdrawal from the match-up due to a hip injury suffered during training and will be replaced by Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic. UFC 119 will go down September 25th from the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana.