UFC FN 100: Ryan Bader Says He’s “Not Even Close” to the Fighter he Was in First Bout With “Minotouro” Nogueira
By FCF Staff
Ryan Bader will rematch Antonio Rogerio Nogueira next month, and “Darth” says the fighter that will face the legend, is vastly superior to the man that fought “Minotouro” the first time.
Bader and Nogueira will square off for a second time at UFC Fight Night 100, which will take place on November 19th in Sao Paulo, Brazil. When the two battled back in 2010 at UFC 199, Bader emerged with the unanimous decision win.
Recently Bader spoke to MMA Junkie.com about the upcoming fight, and while reflecting on his first bout with Nogueira, the light-heavyweight stated:
“The thing is, I’ve evolved since then,” Bader said. “I’m not even close to the fighter I was six years ago. I’m proficient on my feet and on the ground; I’m experienced having fought everybody. I’ve fought the who’s who of MMA. (The first fight) was a fight where I had to take him down, because I didn’t know what to do on my feet.
“I think there was more change in me than him. I think I’ve evolved more than he has in our first fight.”
The 33 year-old Bader is coming off a knockout win over Ilir Latifi in September. The 40 year-old Nogueira stopped Patrick Cummins in his last bout, which took place in May.