The main event for tonight’s UFC Fight Night 28 features Brazilian badass Glover Teixeira versus Ryan Bader, an American with a penchant for swinging hard and wrestling even harder. Born in Reno, Nevada, Bader made his mixed martial arts debut after a successful career as a collegiate wrestler. While attending Arizona State University, Bader was teammates with future UFC Heavyweight champion, Cain Velasquez and UFC Middleweight CB Dollaway. Bader is also part owner in a gym with Dollaway and Aaron Simpson called Power MMA and Fitness. Bader won his first fight in March of 2007 at RENO COMBAT: Inferno 2 where he TKO’ed Dave Covello midway through the first round. He fought again 6 weeks later in the Cayman Islands at Proving Grounds 1 where he submitted David Baggett by way of rear naked choke.
5 weeks after the Baggett fight, Bader returned to Arizona for Rage in the Cage 94 where he TKO’ed Tim Peacock in the second half of the second round. In September of 2007, Bader TKO’ed Dicky Chavez at KOTC: Unstoppable in less than one minute. He then went down to Mexico, 6 weeks later to face Ulises Cortez at SE: Vale Tudo where he knocked out his opponent via suplex slam and ground and pound.8 weeks later, Bader closed out his first year of fighting with a unanimous decision win over Brad Peterson at IFO: Fireworks in the Cage IV in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Bader fought once more in the regional promotions, defeating Buckley Acosta by arm triangle choke at XCC 6: Western Threat before joining the cast of The Ultimate Fighter Season 8. Bader won his Ultimate Fighter season with a TKO victory over jiujitsu ace Vinny Magalhaes. In his first fight on his TUF winner’s contract, Bader faced and defeated Carmelo Marrero via unanimous decision. Unfortunately, through the course of the fight, Bader tore his MCL and PCL and sat out 6 months before returning to the octagon in October of 2009 with another unanimous decision win over Eric Schafer.
The undefeated prospect fought against at UFC 110 in Sydney, Australia, against UFC veteran Keith Jardine. Bader knocked out Jardine two minutes and ten seconds into the final frame. He followed up his win over The Dean of Mean with a unanimous decision victory over Antonio ‘Lil Nog’ Rogerio Nogueira at UFC 119. 4 months later Bader tasted defeat for the first time at the gloves of surging Light-heavyweight and future champion, Jon “Bones” Jones. In the closing minute of the second round, Jones tapped Bader with a modified guillotine. In his next fight, former Light-heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz would also use a guillotine to stop his own losing skid at Bader’s expense.
Bader bounced back from the back-to-back defeats with a first round knockout of Jason Brilz at UFC 139. He then made it two in a row, defeating former Light-heavyweight champion, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson via unanimous decision. Jackson missed weight by 6 lbs and forfeited 20% of his show purse to the victorious Bader. On August 4th, 2012, Bader was defeated for the third time by another former LHW Champ, Lyoto Machida. Machida knocked out Bader in the opening minutes of the second round with a counter hook.
Bader returned to the win column with a victory over Vladimir Matyushenko in January of 2013. In the Matyushenko bout, Bader earned his first Submission of the Night bonus with a guillotine choke 50 seconds into the 1st round. Bader is currently expected to face Glover Teixeira on September 4th, 2013. Considering that the 15-3 Bader’s 3 losses have all come from future and former holders of the Light-Heavyweight strap, a victory over Ryan may cement Teixeira as the next in line for a shot at Jon Jones.
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