On November 19, the UFC will promote its 100th Fight Night card. This card will emanate from the Ginásio do Ibirapuera in beautiful Sao Paolo, Brazil.
Initially, the card was expected to be headlined by a light heavyweight showdown between Swedish contender Alexander Gustafsson and Brazilian veteran Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. When Gustafsson withdrew from the bout with a lingering back injury, however, Nogueira was reassigned to a bout with long-time contender Ryan Bader.
Bader and Nogueira – who is not to be confused with his brother, heavyweight legend Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira – have met once before. Their first encounter, which Bader won by decision, occured all the back in 2010.
Today, the 40-year-old Nogueira is coasting on the momentum of a first-round TKO over Patrick Cummins. Prior to that win, however, he experienced back-to-back losses to Mauricio “Shogun” Rua, and current number-one-contender Anthony “Rumble” Johnson.
Bader, meanwhile, recently scored a highlight reel KO, levelling the dangerous Ilir Latifi with a second-round knee. In his most recent bout before that, he was knocked out by the aforementioned Rumble, but that loss was preceded by a solid, five-fight streak.
UFC Fight Night 100’s co-main event will see bantamweight prospect Thomas Almeida attempt to rebound from the first loss of his career – a first-round knockout loss to fellow contender Cody Garbrandt. His opportunity to do so will come against Albert Morales, who will enter the fight with a record of 6-0-1. The draw on his record occured in his UFC debut, when he took on Alejandro Perez in September.
The next biggest fight on the Fight Night 100 lineup will see Brazilian strawweight Claudia Gadelha attempt to return to winning ways after coming up short in a tooth-and-nail battle with reigning champion Joanna Jedrzejczyk. Her opponent in Sao Paolo will be “Cast Iron” Cortney Casey, who recently earned a career-best submission win over Randa Markos.
In advance of this card, the event’s official poster has been making the rounds on social media. You can see that poster below!
Elsewhere on the UFC Fight Night 100 lineup, we’ll witness a welterweight war between Kamaru Usman and Warlley Alves, a middleweight scrap between Thales Leites and Krzysztof Jotko, a bantamweight battle between Justin Scoggins and Pedro Munhoz, and a number of other compelling scraps.
Are you excited for this card? Who do you have winning the main event?