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"Darth"

18-4-0

Ryan Bader

Ryan "Darth" Bader

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  • Given Name: Ryan D. Bader
  • Professional MMA Record: 18-4-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: Darth
  • Current Streak: 3 Wins
  • Age: 31 | Date of Birth: 1983.06.07
  • Last Fight: August 16, 2014 in UFC
  • Weight Class: Light Heavyweight | Last Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
  • Affiliation: Power MMA
  • Height: 6'2" (188cm) | Reach: 74.0" (188cm)
  • Career Disclosed Earnings: $184,000 USD
  • Born: Reno, Nevada, United States
  • Fighter Pages: Sherdog  |  Wikipedia  |  The UG  |  UFC.com
  • Fighting out of: Tempe, Arizona
  • Personal Pages: Twitter  |  Facebook  |  Official Site
  • College: Arizona State University
  • Foundation Style: N/A
  • Head Coach: Trevor Lally
  • Other Coaches: Gustavo Dantas

Gyms & Affiliations

Ryan Bader Wiki Update Wiki

Prior to entering the world of professional mixed martial arts, Ryan Bader had a successful amateur wrestling career, having been a multi-time PAC 10 Champion and a two-time D1 All American out of Arizona State University. Bader made his professional MMA debut in 2007, running his record to an impressive 7-0 mark before participating in and winning The Ultimate Fighter 8 Light Heavyweight Tournament, defeating respected BJJ black belt Vinny Magalhaes in the finals by knockout. Since defeating Magalhaes, Bader has established himself as a contender to watch in the stacked 205 lb. division, with dominant victories over Carmelo Marrero, Eric Schafer, and Keith Jardine.


In 2010, Bader, along with teammates Aaron Simpson and C.B. Dolloway, left Arizona Combat Sports to train at the Lion’s Den in Scottsdale, Arizona, in an effort to elevate their game to new heights. After suffering his first professional loss at the hands of future UFC light heavyweight champion Jon "Bones" Jones in 2011, Bader went on to rebound with consecutive victories over Jason Brilz and Rampage Jackson before a KO loss to former UFC light heavyweight champion Lyoto Machida


Bader would rebound from the devastating Machida loss by securing a win over MMA veteran Vladimir Matyushenko at 'UFC on FOX 6'. In this fight he would set a record for the fastest submission victory ever in the UFCs Light Heavyweight division, sinking in a modified guillotine choke just 50 seconds into the first round. He would win the fight, set the record, and get his first ever submission of the night bonus. 


Bader's next fight would come at UFC Fight Night 28 against the highly touted Glover Teixeira, who had come into the bout unbeaten in his last 19 fights. He would lose the fight via first round TKO. It would be the second time Bader had been stopped by strikes in his last 3 fights.


The Ultimate Fighter 8

Episode 2 Bader def. Kyle Kingsbury by Arm Triangle at 1:33 of Round 2

Episode 3 Bader def. Tom Lawlor by TKO at 3:41 of Round 1

Episode 11 Bader def. Eliot Marshall by Unanimous Decision

The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale Bader def. Vinny Magalhaes by TKO at 2:18 of Round 1

Last updated 04.10.2014, 11:45 AM ET
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Ryan Bader Light Heavyweight Ranking History

Ryan Bader MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Ovince St. Preux
Ref: Dan Miragliotta

UFC Fight Night 47: Bader vs. St. Preux
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2014.08.16
Odds: -200 Moderate Favorite | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
Walkout Music: The Rolling Stones - Paint It Black
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Rafael Cavalcante
Ref: Yves Lavigne

UFC 174: Johnson vs. Bagautinov
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2014.06.14
Odds: -170 Slight Favorite | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Anthony Perosh
Ref: John Sharp

UFC Fight Night 33: Hunt vs. Bigfoot
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2013.12.06
Odds: -600 Huge Favorite | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
2:55 Round 1 of 5

Glover Teixeira
Ref: Herb Dean

UFC Fight Night 28: Teixeira vs. Bader
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2013.09.04
Odds: +300 Moderate Underdog | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
UFC Fight Night 28 Knockout of the Night
Cancelled Bout Glover Teixeira UFC 160 2013.05.25
Reason: Bader Injury
Win | Submission | Choke
0:50 Round 1 of 3

Vladimir Matyushenko
Ref: John McCarthy

UFC on FOX 6: Johnson vs. Dodson
Preliminary Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2013.01.26
Odds: -550 Heavy Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $50,000 Sub/Night | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
#89 Greatest Submission of All Time
#10 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2013
UFC on FOX 6 Submission of the Night
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
1:32 Round 2 of 3, 6:32 Total

Lyoto Machida
Ref: John McCarthy

UFC on FOX 4: Shogun vs. Vera
Co-Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2012.08.04
Odds: +250 Moderate Underdog | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
#16 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2012
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Quinton Jackson
Ref: Leon Roberts

UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson
Co-Main Event | Catchweight | 96 kg

2012.02.25
Odds: +125 Slight Underdog | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
1:17 Round 1 of 3

Jason Brilz
Ref: Jason McCoy

UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson
Preliminary Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2011.11.19
Odds: -415 Heavy Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $48,000 ($24K Base, $24K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
Loss | Submission | Choke
1:56 Round 1 of 3

Tito Ortiz
Ref: Mario Yamasaki

UFC 132: Cruz vs Faber II
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2011.07.02
Odds: -625 Huge Favorite Upset Defeat | Disclosed Pay: $20,000 Base | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
#29 Greatest Submission of All Time
#8 Biggest Upset of All Time
#3 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2011
#34 Greatest Comeback of All Time
UFC 132 Submission of the Night
Loss | Submission | Choke
4:20 Round 2 of 3, 9:20 Total

Jon Jones
Ref: Herb Dean

UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2011.02.05
Odds: +250 Moderate Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $20,000 Base | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
#32 Best MMA Fight of the Year for 2011
#7 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2011
UFC 126 Submission of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Antônio Rogério Nogueira
Ref: Josh Rosenthal

UFC 119: Mir vs Cro Cop
Co-Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2010.09.25
Odds: -180 Slight Favorite | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
2:10 Round 3 of 3, 12:10 Total

Keith Jardine
Ref: Josh Rosenthal

UFC 110: Nogueira vs. Velasquez
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2010.02.20
Odds: -153 Slight Favorite | Weigh-In: 204.6 lbs
#40 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2010
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Eric Schafer
Ref: Josh Rosenthal

UFC 104: Machida vs Shogun
Preliminary Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2009.10.24
Odds: -400 Heavy Favorite | Disclosed Pay: $30,000 ($15K Base, $15K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
Walkout Music: Rage Against the Machine - Imperial March (Rage Remix)
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Carmelo Marrero
Ref: Dan Miragliotta

UFC Fight Night 18: Condit vs. Kampmann
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2009.04.01
Odds: -401 Heavy Favorite | Weigh-In: 206.0 lbs
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:18 Round 1 of 3

Vinny Magalhães
Ref: Herb Dean

The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale
Co-Main Event | Tournament Finals | 205 lbs

2008.12.13
Odds: +188 Slight Underdog | Disclosed Pay: $16,000 ($8K Base, $8K Bonus) | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs
Win | Submission | Choke

Buckley Acosta

Nevada Regional

2008.04.05
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Brad Peterson

Nevada Regional

2007.12.28
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Ulysses Cortez

Mexico Regional

2007.10.27
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Dicky Chavez

King of the Cage

2007.09.15
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Tim Peacock

Arizona Regional

2007.06.09
Win | Submission | Choke

David Baggett

Cayman Islands Regional

2007.05.12
Win | Submission | Strikes

Dave Covello

United States Regional

2007.03.31

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