Frank Mir vs Big Nog confirmed for UFC 119; Little Nogueira vs Bader will serve as the co-main eventPosted on July 8, 2010, 02:04 PM by Daniel Cassidy
UFC President Dana White has today confirmed to mmafighting.com that former UFC Heavyweight Champion Frank Mir will get his wish for a rematch against the arch nemesis Minotauro Nogueira Nogueira. In addition, Minotauro's brother Antonio Rogerio Nogueira will meet the dangerous Light Heavyweight prospect Ryan Bader in the co-main event of the evening.
Mir's trainier Jimmy Glifford today expressed his protege's desire to "retire" the former PRIDE Heavyweight champ, with many fans citing Nog's staph infection as the reason for such a devastating loss at UFC 92. The previous bout between the two saw Nogueira knocked down 3 times before Mir delivered the Knockout blow in the Second Round.
Mir himself was last seen on the devastating end of a knockout loss from the hands of Shane Carwin at UFC 111. Since then, Frank Mir had contenplated a move to Light Heavyweight, before the notion was dismissed after Brock Lesnar's "scrambled egg's" comments. It's no secret that Mir wants another shot at his nemisis, as a victory over Brock Lesnar could catapult him right back into the mix, especially if it is a decisive as the last. The bout would be Nogueira's first since his shocking KO loss to Cain Valasquez at UFC 110.
As for the co-main event, Little Nog was last seen barely edging a split decision over Jason Brilz in a disappointing bout at UFC 114. Rogerio Nogueira did just enough to sway the judges in the lackluster main card bout, that saw him almost being knocked out at the end of the second round. A victory over up and comer Bader could see Nog thrown into the Light Heavyweight mix, or even a possible title shot for the winner of the bout.
Bader's last bout saw him rally from behind to demolish Keith Jardine, with a flying knee followed by a mean right hand. Currently undefeated, a win over such a big name as Little Nog would do wonders for Bader's career. He is currently 11-0. He was the winner of Season 8 of the Ultimate Fighter. Interestingly, Nogueira's brother coached him on that series of the Ultimate Fighter.
UFC 119 will take place September 25thin the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana, United States.
Currently, the card is expected to look like this:
- Frank Mir vs. Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
- Ryan Bader vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
- Sean Sherk vs. Evan Dunham
- Melvin Guillard vs. Jeremy Stephens
- Mark Hunt vs. Sean McCorkle
- C.B. Dollaway vs. Joe Doerksen
- TJ Grant vs. Julio Paulino
- Joey Beltran vs. Matt Mitrione