Bader Notches Third Straight Win But Continues To Underwhelm

Published on August 17th, 2014 5:04 am EST

Here is a statistic that may surprise you - Ryan Bader is 11-4 in the UFC.

Earlier tonight, Bader beat Ovince St. Preux in typical Ryan Bader fashion - he ground out an unanimous decision victory by using his wrestling to continuously take down his opponent.

The problem? While Bader is grinding out victories (this was his third straight win), he continues to lose fans who tune out during his fights.

Despite Bader's 11-4 record (remember when he was one victory away from a title shot before losing to Jon Jones?), it seems as though he is forever destined to the far edge of the top 10 in the Light Heavyweight division. Bader has shown that he can't hang with the likes of Jon Jones and Glover Teixeira, though he keeps winning against opponents who are far outside of the title picture. This seems to be Bader's fate now in the Light Heavyweight division - always the bridesmaid and never the bride.

Tonight's victory over OSP will do Bader no favors with the UFC brass - it is hard to imagine that they will give him another main event (because that means five rounds of wrestling and not much else) anytime soon.

Ryan Bader has a tremendous wrestling pedigree, but the problem is that he is thoroughly unable to inflict any damage once he has his opponents on the ground. Bader has shown that he needs to employ this grinding style in order to notch victories, as he is unable to hang against the division's better strikers. This leaves Bader needing to resort to mind-numbingly boring matches in order to notch victories, and this is surely displeasing Dana White and the rest of the UFC management.

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So what might be next for Ryan Bader at this point? After grinding out three straight wins, I have a feeling that the UFC is going to throw him in against a competent striker next. Anthony "Rumble" Johnson, perhaps?


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