Back in Sept. 2010, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (22-8) came up short in a unanimous decision loss to Ryan Bader (22-5). Over six years later, the two competed in a rematch at UFC Fight Night 100.
This one was a mauling.
Bader attacked the leg at the start of the opening round. He went high with a kick, but it was blocked. “Darth” landed a sharp jab, but was countered with a left hook. Nogueira sent Bader back a bit with strikes, but he was taken down. Bader rained down some hard strikes. Nogueira’s left arm was trapped, so he couldn’t do much. “Darth” dropped some nasty elbows on the head of his opponent. The round came to a close with Bader in side control.
A counter right hand landed for Nogueira in the second round, but he was taken down quickly. He got back up, but was dumped back down. Bader moved to the back of his opponent. He squeezed tight on the choke, but couldn’t get it. Despite Nogueira’s efforts to scramble out, Bader stuck to him like glue. He stood in control until the round ended.
Nogueira ate a right hand early in the third round. Bader ducked under and scored another takedown. Blood leaked from the side of Nogueira’s head. “Darth” landed some nasty ground and pound and referee Mario Yamasaki had seen enough.
Final Result: Ryan Bader def. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira via TKO (Strikes) – R3, 3:51