The card for UFC 119 is slowly coming together as UFC President Dana White confirmed two major fights for the upcoming event in Indianapolis. In the main event, Frank Mir will face Antonio Rodrigo Nogueria in a re-match from their fight at UFC 92, and Ultimate Fighter winner Ryan Bader will face Antonio Rogerio Nogueria in a light heavyweight battle.
White spoke to MMAFighting today and confirmed both fights for the card.
Mir is looking to rebound from a brutal beating handed out by Shane Carwin at UFC 111, a fight that saw Mir put against the cage brutalized with a series of uppercuts before the referee stopped the fight on the ground. Mir had talked about moving down to 205 pounds, but it seems like that talk has cooled down recently.
Nogueria suffered his second TKO loss in his entire career against Cain Velasquez at UFC 110, his second knockout in three fights. The fan favorite has always been known for his resiliency.
Bader was the light-heavyweight winner of the eighth season of The Ultimate Fighter and is undefeated in his MMA career. Despite his background as a wrestler, Bader has been proven to be a finisher in his MMA career, finishing eight of out his eleven fights by knockout or submission. His biggest victory came at UFC 110 where he finished Keith Jardine with a flying knee to the chest and a left hook.
Rogerio Nogueria is on a seven fight win streak, including two straight victories in the UFC. He faced a very game Jason Brilz at UFC 114, and picked up a very controversial split decision victory. The Brazilian is looking to pick a victory and solidify himself as a top contender in the very tough light-heavyweight division. Nogueria has finished eleven of his nineteen victories by either knockout or submission, making him a tough fight for anybody in the division. An interesting sub-plot for this fight is the fact that his brother was Bader’s coach on the eighth season of The Ultimate Fighter.
UFC 119 occurs on September 25 and will emanate from the Conseco Field House in Indianapolis, Indiana.