The fight cards are coming in thick and fast at the moment as the next few months of MMA action take shape. Today the UFC officially announced UFC 119 which will take the promotion to Indianapolis for the first time on September 25th.
Taking top billing on the card is a heavyweight rematch between Frank Mir and Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira. The two men first fought at UFC 92 in December of 2008 with Mir emerging victorious, but Nogueira has since claimed he was not 100% having just recovered from a staph infection prior to the bout, and so a second fight has been in the works for some time.
Both men are coming off tough losses to Shane Carwin and Cain Velasquez respectively, and will see this fight as a must win to keep them in the mix at the top of the increasingly competitive heavyweight division.
Big Nog’s brother Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, who’s 2-0 in the UFC’s light-heavyweight division so far, also fights at the event in the co-main event slot against TUF season 8 winner Ryan Bader who’s currently riding a four fight unbeaten run in the promotion.
A rematch of The Ultimate Fighter Season 4 final between Matt Serra and Chris Lytle also features on the main card.
Serra won their first encounter by the narrowest of margins to become the fourth season champion, and would go on to defeat GSP in his next fight, while Lytle has since notched up a remarkable run of awards, taking home four ‘Fight Of The Night’ honors, plus two ‘Submission Of The Night’ and one ‘Knockout Of The Night’ award.
A lightweight showdown between rising star Evan Dunham and former champion Sean Sherk provides yet another intriguing encounter at UFC 119. Due to injuries Sherk hasn’t fought since June of last year. In roughly the same period of time Dunham has emerged victorious in four consecutive fights.
The lightweight bout between Melvin Guillard and Jeremy Stephens also features on the PPV portion of the card. Both men are two fights unbeaten and love to battle it out on the feet meaning this one should be an exciting stand-up war.
Bouts so far announced for the undercard include TUF season 10’s Matt Mitrione up against Joey Beltran, and PRIDE veteran Mark Hunt getting an unexpected opportunity to show that he’s still a threat against new signing Sean McCorkle who brings an unblemished 9-0 record to the cage.
- Frank Mir Vs Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira
- Antonio Rogerio Nogueira Vs Ryan Bader
- Matt Serra Vs Chris Lytle
- Evan Dunham Vs Sean Sherk
- Melvin Guillard Vs Jeremy Stephens
- Matt Mitrione Vs Joey Beltran
- Mark Hunt Vs Sean McCorkle
- TJ Grant Vs Julio Paulino