Ryan Bader battered a 40-year-old Antonio Rogerio Nogueira en route to a third-round TKO victory in the main event of UFC Fight Night 100 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, but that’s what we expected him to do.
Ryan Bader, of the United States, punches Rogerio Minotauro, of Brazil, during their UFC light heavyweight mixed martial arts bout in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
He’d beaten Nogueira in their first meeting six years ago when Little Nog was just 34, and Bader wasn’t as advanced as a fighter. Surely he’d dispatch the Brazilian legend on Saturday. While Bader didn’t necessarily beat an elite opponent, he’s still in position to get his first shot at the title.
If Daniel Cormier successfully defends his title against Anthony Johnson at UFC 206 in December, it would seem logical for Bader to face the champion. However, if Johnson wins, a rematch would probably be the right move.
Besides, Johnson has already turned Bader’s lights out once in 2015. It’s a little too soon to make that fight again. In any case, Bader has put himself in an enviable spot. Here’s a look at all of the results from Sao Paulo and the rest of the event’s biggest winners, and its biggest losers.
Matchups Weight Class Prediction Bonus Francimar Barroso vs. Darren Stewart Light Heavyweight Stewart by first-round TKO Pedro Munhoz vs. Justin Scoggins Men’s Bantamweight Munhoz by second-round submission (guillotine) Munhoz – POTN Luis Henrique vs. Christian Colombo Heavyweight Henrique by third-round submission (guillotine) Johnny Eduardo vs. Manny Gamburyan Men’s Bantamweight Eduardo by second-round TKO Marcos Rogerio de Lima vs. Gadzhimurad Antigulov Light Heavyweight Antigulov by first-round submission (guillotine) Antugulov – POTN Cezar Ferreira vs. Jack Hermansson Middleweight Ferreira by second-round submission (head-and-arm choke) Ferreira – POTN Sergio Moraes vs. Zak Ottow Welterweight Moraes by split decision (30-27×2, 28-29) Warlley Alves vs. Kamaru Usman Welterweight Usman by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26 and 29-28) Thales Leites vs. Krzysztof Jotko Middleweight Jotko by unanimous decision (30-27×2, 29-27) Claudia Gadelha vs. Cortney Casey Women’s Strawweight Gadelha by unanimous decision (30-27×3) Thomas Almeida vs. Albert Morales Men’s Bantamweight Almeida by second-round TKO Almeida – POTN Ryan Bader vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira Light Heavyweight Bader by third-round TKO
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Justin Scoggins was making his bantamweight debut on Saturday, but most expected him to grab a win over underdog Brazilian Pedro Munhoz. In a bit of a shocker, the opportunistic Munhoz took advantage of a slip from Scoggins and turned it into a guillotine.
Munhoz’s submission game is tight and so was his grip on the choke. He pulled the upset of the evening, won a performance of the night bonus, and it came in front of his hometown fans. It’s hard to beat that.
Another Brazilian that shined was Cezar Ferreira. When he first arrived in the UFC, Ferreira was very highly touted, but he struggled to meet those expectations. In his last four fights, he’s beginning to look like the fighter many expected.
He dismantled Jack Hermansson with accurate striking and sweet submission skills that led to the stoppage win. He came into the event unranked, but that could change on Monday morning. We could have another legitimate contender in the middleweight division.
Marcos Rogerio de Lima
In case you hadn’t noticed, it wasn’t exactly a good evening for the hometown fighters. Marcos Rogerio de Lima looked like a scary light heavyweight before he ran into Gadzhimurad Antigulov. There were some worrisome cracks in poise and skills revealed in de Lima’s game.
He used the wrong technique to escape a guillotine, which led to his loss, and he appeared to panic once he was taken down. He’ll have to clean up his takedown and submission defense if he wants to experience more success in the UFC.
LAS VEGAS, NV – JANUARY 31: Thales Leites kisses his bicep after defeating Tim Boetsch in a middleweight bout during UFC 183 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 31, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Leites won by submission in the second round. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)
Krzysztof Jotko didn’t just beat Thales Leites on Saturday, he made him look old. Leites was beaten in stand-up, in the clinch and surprisingly on the ground. There was a time when few middleweights would dare go to the ground Leites.
Clearly, that time has passed.
After enjoying a five-fight win streak from 2013-15, Leites has now lost three of his last four fights. His previous losses in this string were respectable. They came against current champion Michael Bisping and top-five fighter Gegard Mousasi.
Now Leites is losing to fighters who are on their way up the rankings. It makes you wonder: where does Leites belong in the 185-pound rankings?
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Ryan Bader, of the United States, left, chokes Rogerio Minotauro, of Brazil, during their UFC light heavyweight martial arts bout in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Little Nog is likely headed to the UFC Hall of Fame when he’s done fighting. After the way he was manhandled by Bader on Saturday, I’m hoping that time is coming sooner rather than later. Nogueria’s once vaunted boxing looked old and decrepit on Saturday, and at his age, it’s not likely coming back to its previous form.
He’s got to seriously consider calling it a career. There’s no chance of him becoming the light heavyweight or heavyweight champion, so he’d be better off joining his brother on the sidelines.
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