Although Antonio Rogerio Nogueira is one of the most accomplished and famous fighters Brazil has ever produced, Ryan Bader has no problem whatsoever, facing the legend in his own country.
Bader will take Nogueira on at UFC Fight Night 100 next month, which will go down on November 19th in Sao Paulo. Nogueira and Bader have locked horns before. Way back in 2010 at UFC 119, Bader worked his way to a decision win over the PRIDE vet. Now, six years later, they’re going to do it all over again.
Recently Bader attended a media day in Brazil to promote the upcoming event, and while discussing the fact he’ll likely be public enemy #1 that night, “Darth” stated (quote via UFC.com):
“My preparation is the experience,” Bader said. “The Brazilian crowd is really passionate, a home team crowd. I know I’m not gonna be cheered on there. It is what it is. I’ll use that as fuel for me. If there is passion and energy, it doesn’t matter if it’s for me or against me, I can feed off of that.
“I enjoyed the last time I fought in Brazil. I enjoyed the interaction with the fans, even though they were obviously going for Glover (Teixeira), there were a lot of cool people. It was definitely a cool experience.”
It’s a huge fight for both guys, but particularly Nogueira, who at 40 year’s old, can’t incur too many more losses at this stage. Most recently the legend put away Patrick Cummins at UFC 198 in May, while Bader bombed out Ilir Latifi at UFC FN 93 in September.