In the main event, Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira and Frank Mir will meet in a rematch from their interim heavyweight title fight at UFC 92. As you probably remember, Mir became the first man to finish Nogueira on strikes, however shortly after the fight, word got around that Big Nog spent time in the hospital for a staph infection in the weeks leading up to the bout, and wasn’t 100%. Mir maintained that didn’t diminish his win over the living legend, however many fans disagreed and called for the rematch. It finally goes down on Sept. 25.
In the co-main event, Minotauro’s twin brother, Minotoro, will take on TUF 8 winner Ryan Bader in a light heavyweight match-up.
Light heavyweights Antonio Rogeiro Nogueira and former “Ultimate Fighter” winner Ryan Bader have verbally agreed to meet on Sept 25 as a part of UFC 119, and they are expected to serve as the co-main event of the evening.
The bout was confirmed to MMAWeekly.com by sources close to the fight on Thursday, stating bout fighters have agreed to the fight, and bout agreements should be issued shortly.
Lil’ Nog was originally believed to be fighting Rampage Jackson next, but apparently they decided to go in a different direction.
That’s certainly not the biggest surprise on the card though. Out of nowhere, Five. Oz is reporting that the UFC has signed PRIDE/K-1 veteran Mark Hunt, and have him penciled in to take on super heavyweight Sean McCorkle at UFC 119.
FiveOuncesofPain.com has recently learned of two additional heavyweights with the potential to make an impact in the UFC, as a bout between K-1 and PRIDE veteran Mark Hunt and the undefeated Sean McCorkle looks to be brewing for UFC 119.
5 Oz was recently informed of the UFC’s discussions with both athletes along with the likely match-up of Hunt vs. McCorkle through sources close to the promotion.
Heavy.com has since confirmed the report. As some of you probably know, Hunt was a kickboxing juggernaut with a granite chin back in the day when he competed for K-1 and PRIDE, but in recent years he only showed up for the paychecks and became an easy target for guys like Alistair Overeem, Gegard Mousasi and Melvin Manhoef. He’s currently on a five-fight losing streak that dates back all the way to 2006, which is why it’s so surprising the UFC scooped him up. Do they know something we don’t? Is Mark Hunt taking his career seriously again?
Other expected fights for UFC 119 include:
- Sean Sherk vs. Evan Dunham
- Melvin Guillard vs. Jeremy Stephens
- C.B. Dollaway vs. Joe Doerksen
- Matt Mitrione vs. Joey Beltran
- TJ Grant vs. Julio Paulino
- Chris Lytle vs. TBD
UFC 119 is expected to take place on Sept. 25 at the Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Indiana and will air live on pay-per-view at 10PM ET/7PM PT. The latest UFC 119 fight card can be found in our fight cards section.
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Update: Dana White told a fan on Twitter that they signed Mark Hunt because they owe him fights from the PRIDE purchase.