In the world of MMA, promotions are forced to deal with alot of problems with injuries and mixing and matching because of those injuries. The main event of tomorrow’s UFC 119 is a great example of those problems. This was supposed to be the first event when both of the Nogueira brothers fought on the same card (my wife still insists they are the same person) but sadly, Antonio Nogueira had to pull out of his re-match with Frank Mir due to a recurring hip injury.
The co-headliner itself is a fight that has been pushed back because of injuries. Ryan Bader was supposed to face off against Nogueira a few months ago but had an injury to deal with and Nogueira was outfought in a decision victory over Jason Brilz. So now we finally get to see how the two of them match up.
- Heavyweight bout: Frank Mir vs. Mirko Filipovi?
- Light Heavyweight bout: Antônio Rogério Nogueira vs. Ryan Bader
- Welterweight bout: Matt Serra vs. Chris Lytle
- Lightweight bout: Sean Sherk vs. Evan Dunham
- Lightweight bout: Melvin Guillard vs. Jeremy Stephens
I’m going to have to go with Mir in the main event, Cro Cop won’t be 100% after filling in on short notice, and even at 100% he’s not the same level fighter as Mir. After his last showing, I have to think Little Nog will come out strong against Bader but I’m going to go with Bader for the upset. I went against Lytle in his last fight against Matt Brown, I’m not making this mistake again, Lytle should be able to beat Serra. For the last two fights I’m picking Dunham over Sherk and Guillard over Stephens.