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UFC 119 in Indianapolis to feature both Nogueira brothers

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The Canadian Press
7/8/2010 3:45:57 PM
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It looks like both Nogueira brothers will be fighting at UFC 119 this fall.

Light-heavyweight Ryan (Darth) Bader confirmed Thursday that he has verbally agreed to fight Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

"Should be a good one!" Bader tweeted.

MMAfighting.com, meanwhile, reports the UFC 119 main event will feature Nogueira's twin brother, heavyweight Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira, in a rematch with Frank Mir.

MMAweekly.com said the Bader-Little Nog fight will be the co-main event.

While the UFC has yet to formally announce the Indianapolis card, Bader said he expects to fight Sept. 25.

Bader (12-0) has won all four of his fights in the UFC, starting with the knockout of Vinnie Magalhaes in the finale of Season 8 of "The Ultimate Fighter." He is coming off a third-round knockout of Keith (The Dean of Mean) Jardine at UFC 110 in Australia in February.

Bader, 27, is a former two-time all-American wrestler and three-time Pac 10 champion at Arizona State University.

Antonio Rogerio Nogueira (19-3) was impressive in his UFC debut when he won by TKO over Luiz Cane at UFC 106 last November. He had a much tougher time at UFC 114 in May when he won a controversial split decision over Jason Brilz.

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (32-6-1 with one no contest) lost to Mir via second-round TKO when they met at UFC 92 in December 2008. It later came out that the Brazilian was sick in the run-up to the fight.

He rebounded to beat Randy (The Natural) Couture at UFC 102 but was beaten last time out by Cain Velasquez at UFC 110.

Mir (13-5) is coming off a KO at the hands of Shane Carwin at UFC 111.

Notes -- UFC ring girl Arianny Celeste could be following in the footsteps of Chuck (The Iceman) Liddell. The Maxim cover girl says via Facebook that she has been invited to join the cast of "Dancing with the Stars" next season. ... The MMA fighter known as War Machine confirms that his fight Friday with Canadian John Alessio is on after some issues with the commission were resolved. War Machine still has some work to do ahead of Friday's bout, however. "Gotta drop 19lbs between tonight and tomorrow gonna suck!" he tweeted Thursday. War Machine, who legally changed his name from Jon Koppenhaver, is headed behind bars next week after pleading guilty to two felony counts of assault and to violating probation in a previous assault case.

Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira (Photo: Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images)

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