Bader and Nogueira will battle in the headliner of UFC Fight Night 100, which will take place this Saturday in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The two met before way back in 2010 at UFC 119, and Nogueira won the fight via unanimous decision.
Well, recently Bader was asked to weigh-in on the bout, while speaking with the media in Brazil. Here is some of what “Darth” had to say (quote via MMA Fighting):
“He’s always been a great fighter. He’s been a great fighter throughout his whole career,” Bader said. “I think there’s more change in me than in him. I think I’ve evolved more than he has since the first time. I think you see that in my fights. I’m more comfortable standing up, more well-rounded.”
“When I fought him, that was like my first big name fight, and I was pretty much a wrestler that has some heavy hands, but I didn’t really know what to do on the feet. I feel I have evolved more than he has.”
There’s no question that Bader’s boxing has improved considerably in recent years. In addition, as we saw against Ilir Latifi, the powerful wrestler has other striking tools that can you take it out (he finished Latifi with a vicious knee).
But, Nogueira’s supporters would likely argue that the veteran’s wrestling defense has improved, in addition to his boxing and jiu-jitsu, which has always been stellar. The legendary Brazilian is now 40 year’s old, however, while Bader is 33. So, when the two battled before, “Lil Nog” was still in his prime.