Ryan Bader may not have been able to pull off the upset win like he wanted at UFC Fight Night 28, but for a few moments Wednesday night, it looked like he might do just that. Although Bader was stopped by Teixeira in the wild and quick bout, he stunned the rising star on a couple of occasions, which could be part of the reason why he wasn’t too hard on himself afterwards.
Speaking after the card, here’s some of what Bader had to say about his performance and his immediate future (comments via MMA Junkie.com):
“I was a little too aggressive,” Bader said. “I wasn’t staying tight, and I got caught with a right hand and a left hook, and that was it.”
“I felt good tonight,” Bader said. “I made some mistakes, mental errors, and for me it’s just going back and keep getting better.
“In this sport, you come up real quick and you go down quick, but a big fight for me and I’m right back where I want to be. It’s just going back and training hard and getting right back it.”
While the defeat was another setback for Bader, considering his wrestling abilities and the power he possesses, the 30 year-old “Darth” remains a considerable presence in the light-heavyweight division. It will be interesting to se who the UFC matches him up against next and how he performs.
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