"I’ve got less than one year in UFC and got many things to do there. There are many good people, many guys who has showed their value inside the Octagon, but I’m on my way for sure with short steps but I want to keep myself undefeated if God blesses me. Ryan Bader is a very strong man, very good at wrestling and really has good qualities. He’s very quick, intelligent, complete. And can apply takedowns and use a good ground and pound on the ground. I will guarantee that the fight keeps stand up, but if it goes to the mat it will develop well and I think that he will find a good leg defense with me."
-- Rogerio Nogueira foresees a great future for himself with the biggest mixed martial arts organization of the plane, telling Blog Sensei (video interview) that it's just a matter of time to get the top of the light heavyweight division. Standing in his way is Ryan Bader -- a tough wrestler who has come along way since his winning performance on The Ultimate Fighter (TUF). But "Minotouro" believes his boxing skills are better and is confident that his takedown defense is good enough to keep the fight on the feet ... despite being a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt. Do you consider Rogerio so good at boxing and wrestling to dominate Bader standing or he’d better be smart to make do with his jiu-jitsu for a ground match? And, with a win, does "Lil Nog" punch his ticket to a high profile 205-pound battle with title implications on the line?