Rogerio Nogueira: 'I guarantee that I'm going to give Ryan Bader the first loss of his career'

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"I guarantee that I'm going to give (Ryan Bader) his first loss of his career. It would be very gratifying for me to show my fans a great show and knock out Bader the same way I knocked out Luis Cane. Bader is a new guy, he wants to establish himself in the rankings. I'm an older guy. With more experience and my experience will work in my favor, and help me beat Bader in this fight. He definitely has a lot more experience in wrestling that I do. But I think what I'm missing in my wrestling game he is missing in his jiu-jitsu game on the ground. So I think if he takes the fight to the ground he is going to get caught. So it's probably wiser for him to keep the fight standing up."

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira could have an opportunity to prove he's able to hang with high-caliber wrestlers when he tangles with Ryan Bader at UFC 119 in Indianapolis. There were more than a few lingering questions following his last performance, a controversial split decision victory over the very game Jason Brilz back at UFC 114. "Minotoro" was controlled on his feet and on the ground but managed to weather the storm and come out ahead on points. It was a surprising follow-up to a dominating debut over Luis Arthur Cane last November but one he could erase from the fan's memories by stopping "Darth." Yay or nay?

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