For the first-time ever, Indianapolis will get a taste of the Ultimate Fighting Championship®. Former UFC® heavyweight champion Frank Mir and former interim UFC heavyweight champion and mixed martial arts legend Minotauro Nogueira will mix it up for an encore performance on Saturday, September 25 at UFC 119: MIR VS. NOGUEIRA 2, which is presented by “Halo Reach” and live from the Conseco Field House in Indianapolis, Indiana.
Main Event – UFC Heavyweight Rematch
FRANK MIR vs. MINOTAURO NOGUEIRA
ANTONIO ROGERIO NOGUEIRA vs. RYAN BADER
MATT SERRA vs. INDIANAPOLIS’ CHRIS LYTLE
Live from Conseco Field House, Saturday September 25, 2010 – Tickets on sale Saturday, July 24 at 10 a.m. ET
Las Vegas, NV (USA) – For the first-time ever, Indianapolis will get a
taste of the Ultimate Fighting Championship®. Former UFC® heavyweight
champion Frank Mir and former interim UFC heavyweight champion and
mixed martial arts legend Minotauro Nogueira will mix it up for an
encore performance on Saturday, September 25 at UFC 119: MIR VS.
NOGUEIRA 2, which is presented by “Halo Reach” and live from the
Conseco Field House in Indianapolis, Indiana. Also featured on this
historic card, Nogueira’s twin brother and light heavyweight force
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira will take on two-time NCAA Division I
All-American wrestler turned undefeated fighter Ryan Bader. Then it’s a
rematch of The Ultimate Fighter®: The Comeback finale as former UFC
welterweight champion Matt Serra takes on one of Indianapolis’ own in
Chris “Lights Out” Lytle.
“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,” said UFC President Dana White. “On
September 25th, 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.”
Tickets for UFC 119: MIR vs. NOGUEIRA 2 will go on sale Saturday, July
24 at 10am ET and will be priced at $300, $200, $125, $90, $70 and $40.
Fans can purchase tickets at ConsecoFieldhouse.com, the Conseco
Fieldhouse Box Office or all Ticketmaster outlets.
UFC® Fight Club™ members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets
to this event on Thursday, July 22 at 10 a.m. ET via the website
ufcfightclub.com. A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available
to UFC newsletter subscribers on Friday, July 23 at 10 a.m. ET. To
access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through
UFC 119 will be available live on Pay-Per-View at 10pm ET/7pm PT on iN
DEMAND, DIRECTV, DISH Network, TVN, BellTV, Shaw Communications,
Sasktel, and Viewer’s Choice Canada for a suggested retail price of
$44.99 US/$49.99 CAN for standard definition or high-definition
broadcasts (where available).
Before his impressive knockout win over Nogueira at UFC 92 in December
2008, Frank Mir (fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev. / professional record
- 13-5) won two straight fights via submission over UFC heavyweight
champion Brock Lesnar and Antoni Hardonk. The former UFC heavyweight
champion looked to be on track for another title shot after he put
Cheick Kongo to sleep at UFC 107, but the Brazilian jiu-jitsu black
belt fell short against Shane Carwin in March. Now the 31-year-old
faces a familiar foe and he is hoping that lightning strikes twice as
he gets back in the title race.
After a historic run in PRIDE®, Minotauro Nogueira (fighting out of Rio
de Janeiro, Brazil / 32-6-1, 1 NC) entered the Octagon® for the first
time in 2007 and earned two straight victories, including a submission
win over Tim Sylvia that made him the first and only man to ever hold
both the PRIDE and UFC world heavyweight titles. The Brazilian
jiu-jitsu black belt most recently dropped a fight to No. 1 heavyweight
contender Cain Velasquez, but with a classic unanimous decision win
against UFC Hall-Of-Famer Randy Couture at UFC 102, the 34-year-old can
never be counted out.
For the first-time ever, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (fighting out of Rio
de Janeiro, Brazil / 19-3) will fight on the same UFC card as his twin
brother. Known for having heavy hands as well as a deadly ground game,
the Brazilian is dangerous wherever the fight goes. It took the light
heavyweight only 1:56 to TKO the battle-tested Luiz Cane in his UFC
debut last November before earning a split-decision victory against
Jason Brilz in May. Now Nogueira faces his toughest UFC test to date in
Undefeated light heavyweight Ryan Bader (fighting out of Tempe, Ariz. /
12-0) has rattled off four consecutive victories since joining the UFC.
The former two-time NCAA Division I All-American from Arizona State is
coming off a breakthrough knockout at UFC 110 against MMA veteran Keith
Jardine that catapulted him into serious contention for the 205-pound
strap. Now the 27-year-old will go against an extremely talented
opponent that is looking to get into the championship picture himself.
A true Rocky story come to life, Long Island’s Matt Serra (fighting out
of East Meadow, N.Y. / 17-6) is most famous for his underdog knockout
win against UFC welterweight champion Georges St. Pierre at UFC 69 to
earn the 170-pound championship. Serra, the first American-born black
belt under the legendary Renzo Gracie, most recently earned a
first-round win over Frank Trigg at UFC 109 and now looks to climb back
up the ladder with a win against hometown fighter Chris Lytle.
Winner of his last three fights, the red-hot Chris Lytle (fighting out
of Indianapolis, Indiana / 39-17-4) is coming off two impressive
submission victories over Brian Foster and Matt Brown. A fighter that
is known for exciting fights and who has the “Fight of the Night” bonus
checks to prove it, Lytle will be fighting in a UFC event in front of
his home crowd for the first time. A former pro boxer turned mixed
martial artist, the 35-year-old family man is a firefighter in his
spare time and now looks to avenge his loss to old friend Matt Serra.
For more information, or current UFC fight news, visit UFC.com. All bouts live and subject to change.