Not only did the Ultimate Fighter winner accept a bout with Quinton Jackson despite “Rampage” coming in five pounds overweight but survived being brutally slammed on his head to hang on and pull out the decision win. Bader recently opened up on his mindset in the fight as well as where he feels the win over Jackson put him in the division.
“When something like that happens, your training goes into effect,” said Bader of the slam in an interview with MMAFrenzy. “We spar pretty hard during practice, so I have been hit rather hard before. You basically just go into survival mode for a little bit. You take about 10-20 seconds where you just have to survive, and then everything starts to come back to you. Then it came back to me and I gathered my senses, and I was able to take him down. He then got up and I was able to slam him down. That’s why you’re in there; you get back up and get back after it.”
As far as Jackson’s issue making weight, later tied to his decision to use testosterone to work through an injury, Bader made it clear the thought of pulling out never entered his mind.
“I would have accepted the fight even if he was 25 pounds overweight,” Bader explained candidly. “I went through a whole training camp, and I put a lot of work into this camp. I went over there to fight, and I was going to do that, regardless. Even if we knew all of that before the fight, we would have done the same thing.”
Now that he holds a win over a former light heavyweight champion Bader is ready to take on the upper echelon of the division to prove his losing performances against Jon Jones and Tito Ortiz were simply stumbles rather than a pattern of stumbling in significant scraps.
“I feel like I’m back in title contention. It’s a big win, winning over Jackson. Beating a guy who has held the title and just fought for the title is huge,” stated Bader before adding the victory over Jackson had made him far from complacent with his position, revealing, “I am always going to want more, and I am never satisfied.”
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