Ryan Bader will face his toughest test to date at UFC 119 when he takes on Brazilian Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in the UFC's Light Heavyweight division and the former TUF star talked about the bout recently with SB Nation:
“I think my wrestling and my ability to scramble. Lil' Nog had some trouble with Jason Brilz primarily because he put a scramble into every position he had. Nogueira would be going for a half guard sweep and Brilz would use his wrestling to create a better position. Nogueira is a very well rounded fighter, but I think the main thing he lacks is a good wrestling base. I think I have him there with my ability to create scrambles. There isn't too much of a game plan for this fight, just go where it goes. I have some power in my hands so I might be able to take him out that way, or get him on his back, be careful posturing up. I'm at more of an advantage with my wrestling than Forrest [Griffin] certainly would have been… I wouldn't say an edge, but it definitely gives me an insight into how good they actually are [training with Rodrigo Nogueira on TUF 8].