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Bader Relishes The Role Of Underdog Going Into Machida Bout | UFC News

By Jamie McAllister
Ryan Bader comments in an interview with MMAWeekly.

Bader faced the current Light-Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones at UFC 126 and was finished in the first round. Following the loss he faced Tito Ortiz at UFC 132 and was heavily favored to beat Ortiz however Ortiz managed to upset the odds and finished Bader in the first round.

After back to back losses Bader faced Jason Brilz at UFC 139 and got the finish in the first round to improve his record to (13-2). Bader then faced former Light-Heavyweight Champion Rampage Jackson at UFC 144 he dominated Rampage and took the unanimous decision victory.

When he received the call to face Machida Bader was more than happy to accept and thinks a win over Machida will move him very close to a title shot.

“Why go backwards? I beat a guy who just fought for the title, then stepping up and fighting arguably a top three guy that just recently fought for the 205-pound belt. I’m knocking off these guys, I’m right there for a title shot. Those guys just fought for it,”

“I come out and have two impressive wins in a row against top five opponents, that’s saying something.”

In the last  couple of years Bader had moved around camps before setting up his own gym with close friends Aaron Simpson and C.B. Dollaway as well as hiring a team of coaching staff. Bader is confident with his own gym and coaching staff in place he has given himself the best chance of success in future competition.

“I feel like we’re in the right place. We have the right blueprint now. We know what we’ve got to do. All the guesswork’s out. We know what it takes,”

“Now the coaching staff, Tom Vaughn and the guys found sparring partners that totally emulate Machida. We brought guys out from Vegas, brought guys out from around the valley and different parts of the country. I’ve seen Machida’s style hundreds of times in the training camp and in the cage in the gym, so I’m not going to be surprised by it.”

Bader is the underdog going into the UFC On FOX 4 bout with Machida and admits he relishes the role.

“I absolutely love it, coming in here and people doubting me and not expecting me to do much, or not expecting me to win. I love to go in there and show I’m evolved in every fight, surprise people and at the end of the fight have people go, ‘Wow, I did not think that was going to happen at all. I really underestimated him,”

“I love playing that role. There’s nowhere to go but up when you’re that big of an underdog. It just gives you that much more motivation to go in there and prove everybody wrong.”

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6 Responses to “Bader Relishes The Role Of Underdog Going Into Machida Bout | UFC News”

  1. Pijan says:

    I don’t like Bader, his fighting style is stale and annoys me. Though I must say I’m intrigued in this matchup. Bader and or Vera stand no chance against Jones. I actually feel Dana and Joe expect Vera to lose, I don’t know why they just don’t name Rua the no. 1 contender, that fight is a joke. Even if Bader makes it through Machida somehow, only way I’d give it to him is if he grinds out a decision, but IF he does, it’s not like he’ll hold the strap, probably ever.

  2. B-rad says:

    Lol how is Jason Brilz a top 5 guy?? Any way this is an intersting matchup but Bader wont get anywhere near close enough to Lyoto to use his wrestling. Machida runs with this by either late stoppage or UD

  3. Zulwali says:

    I actually think Bader has a shot against Lyoto. I love how he is awesome he is with his wrestling and his ko power hands. But when he fought Jones and losses…that wasnt a nice day for bader. Jones is just naturally a genetic freak. That and his hardworking ethic makes him and even more dangerous adversaries. i bet you Silva wants to be jones..atleast as young as jones anyway. :p

  4. TheNorthWind_ says:

    This is actually a good looking card, it’s been a while since I’ve seen Vera fight. And even at his old age, Rua can still throw down; as for the Machida and Bader fight. I have to say Ryan has began to grow as a fighter, yet has to get out of the basic ‘brawl and wrestle’ state of mind, if he was a bit more versatile and well rounded I wouldn’t down his success in this bout. Machida is very well rounded and has a highly underrated ground game, yet I expect Machida to try and keep this standing, remain elusive and try to get the knockout..

  5. Nick says:

    It’s a good looking card. I just hate Bader’s style. If he can’t finish the guy early he just ends up out wrestling them, with the exception of Jardine. That crap he pulled against Rampage wasn’t cool. Strait up lay and pray. Hell Rampage’s slam was the most exciting part of that fight.

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