Antonio Rogerio Nogueira was on the losing end of his first bout with Ryan Bader, but the storied, Brazilian fighter says it’s going to be a very different story this time around.
Nogueira and Bader fought for the first time back in 2010 at UFC 119. Bader, who was just 27 at the time, worked his way to a decision win over the 34 year-old, “Lil Nog”.
Well, now, seven years later, the light-heavyweights are going to battle again in the headliner of UFC Fight Night 100. Recently Nogueira spoke to Combate about the bout, and here was his take on how it’s going to unfold (quotes via Bloody Elbow):
“I think he intends to take the fight to the mat whenever he wants, because he has great wrestling,” Nogueira said. “But I think he is overconfident. I fought wrestlers before and I proved myself. I don’t think it’ll be as easy has he thinks…”
“You can bet money on me knocking him out. I don’t know when, because Bader is always very explosive in the beginning. My goal is to weather the storm in the first round and try to knock him out in the second. That’s my bet for this fight.”
It will be interesting to see how it plays out. Bader’s boxing has improved leaps and bounds in recent years, so it remains to be seen if he looks to take the bout down. “Minotouro” does have some nasty hands though.
Leading up the bout, Bader has argued that his skill set has evolved more than Nogueira’s, since their first encounter.
UFC FN 100 will take place in Sao Paulo, Brazil.