Photo by Tracy Lee via Cage Writer
The up and coming undefeated light heavyweight Ryan Bader took a unanimous decision win over the veteran Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
Ryan Bader, the Ultimate Fighter winner, came out pressuring Litte Nog standing. But Nog was the first to connect. Around three minutes in Bader took him down. Then the ground and pound barrage began. But Nogueira somehow survived and got guard. But Bader kept him stuffed into the cage. With a minute left, Nogueira got to his feet. Nog landed a hard right hand to the face then Bader took him right down. But this time Nogueira got right back up.
Bader opened the second with a leg kick. Nogueira answered with a body kick. Then Nog landed a left and a low kick in combo. Bader charged in behind a left. Nog tagged Bader with a right and shrugged off his first clinch of the round. Bader landed a hard right then shot in and got the double leg. This time Nogueira wasn't stunned nor against the cage. But it quickly went back to the feet when Bader powered out of wrist control and backed away. Bader shot and got stuffed. Nog worked to back him into the cage and then work combinations. Bader then threw Nogueira around but did little damage. Nog fired with knees but missed and ate a hard right.
Nog came out firing lefts to start the third. Bader took an eye poke that paused the action. Bader landed a body kick to restart the action. Bader got stuffed on a take down. And another. Nogueira landed some punches but Bader answered with few hard rights. Nog landed some knees to the body and stuffed several more take downs. Bader did get him down around 3:00 but Nog was right back up. Nog began to score with combinations. But Bader continued to score with rights. Nogueira seemed to stun Bader but when he went in for the kill, Bader answered with a hard double leg and held top position for the duration of the round.