"After I beat Jardine, this is definitely what I wanted. I didn't want to go backwards from Jardine, I wanted to go forward and ultimately get my goal, which is the UFC title. They offered up Nogueira, it seems like a great logical step. He's top five, top seven right now at 205, and that's where I want to be," Bader said.
"I want to keep climbing up that ladder, and he's the next rung."
Heading into this fight, Nogueira has said some things about Bader, as should be expected, in interviews. He's stated that he plans on handing the former "Ultimate Fighter" winner his first career loss, and that if he wants to win he should avoid the ground game at all costs.
Bader was listening, and he thinks he'll do just fine against Nogueira, wherever the fight goes.
"I watched his interview and he said the smartest thing for me to do is keep it standing and all that kind of crap," Bader commented. "I don't worry about what he's going to do. I'm going to go in there and implement my game plan. I'm going to mix it up just like (Jason) Brilz did, and I have powerful and heavy hands, and I can definitely take him down whenever I want."
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