UFC 119 Lineup Confirmed for September 25 in Indianapolis
Frank Mir (13-5 MMA, 11-5 UFC) was to meet fellow ex-heavyweight champ Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (32-6-1 MMA, 3-2 UFC) in the night’s main event, however due to a hip injury Nogueira, will be replaced by Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic.
Other officially announced main-card bouts include light-heavyweight contenders Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (19-3 MMA, 2-0 UFC) vs. Ryan Bader (11-0 MMA, 4-0 UFC) and Indianapolis’ Chris Lytle (29-17-5 MMA, 8-9 UFC) vs. ex-welterweight champ Matt Serra (11-6 MMA, 7-6 UFC).
“Ever since Frank Mir beat Nogueira for the heavyweight title in 2008, ‘Minotauro’ has asked me for this rematch because he wants to prove that the first fight was a fluke,” UFC President Dana White stated. “On Sept. 25, he gets his wish, and I don’t think there’s any fighter more motivated than he is to even the score.
“As for Frank Mir, he wants to get back in the title picture, and if I know him, he was the first man to knock Nogueira out at UFC 92, and now he’ll want to be the first man to make him tap out.”
Spike TV will not air a “UFC Prelims” broadcast prior to the night’s PPV-televised main card. Other fights expected for the main card but not officially announced include Evan Dunham vs. Sean Sherk and Melvin Guillard vs. Jeremy Stephens.
The latest card includes:
Frank Mir vs. Mirko “Cro Cop” Filipovic
Ryan Bader vs. Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
Chris Lytle vs. Matt Serra
Evan Dunham vs. Sean Sherk
Melvin Guillard vs. Jeremy Stephens
C.B. Dollaway vs. Joe Doerksen
Joey Beltran vs. Matt Mitrione
T.J. Grant vs. Julio Paulino
Steve Lopez vs. Waylon Lowe
Pat Audinwood vs. Aaron Riley
Mark Hunt vs. Sean McCorkle
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