The UFC has announced that Ryan Bader will be facing Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in the main event of UFC Fight Night 100 in place of an injured Alexander Gustafsson.
After a year-long layoff due to injuries, Gustafsson made his return at UFC Fight Night 93 where he beat Jan Blachowicz by unanimous decision and was set up for a quick return against Nogueira. The exact injury he suffered hasn’t been disclosed but this is the third attempt at booking about between the two.
Bader (21-5), however, has faced Nogueira once before and won the bout with a unanimous decision at UFC 119. More recently, he was on a 5-fight win streak before he was stopped in the first round against Anthony Johnson at UFC on FOX 18. His last fight was a knockout win over Ilir Latifi at UFN 93 making him 6-1 in his last seven.
Nogueira (22-7) is coming off of a knockout win over Patrick Cummins at UFC 198, which took place at the 45,000 seat Arena da Baixada in Curitiba, Brazil. Prior to that, the Brazilian legend had suffered back-to-back losses to “Shogun” Rua and Anthony Johnson.
UFC Fight Night 100 takes place at the Ginásio do Ibirapuera arena in Sao Paulo, Brazil on November 19.