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Ryan Bader

Ryan "Darth" Bader

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  • Given Name: Ryan D. Bader
  • MMA Record: 20-5-0 (Win-Loss-Draw)
  • Nickname: Darth
  • Current Streak: 1 Loss
  • Age: 32 | Date of Birth: 1983.06.07
  • Last Fight: January 30, 2016 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

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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.


With his lose to Tiexeira behind him Bader would go on a 4 fight win streak, all coming way of decision. He faced grappling superstar Anthony Perosh, at UFC Fight Night 33: Hunt vs. Bigfoot. Then former Strikeforce LHW Champion Rafael Cavalcante, at UFC 174: Johnson vs. Bagautinov. Next Bader was the main event with Ovince St. Preux, in a five round fight, at UFC Fight Night 47: Bader vs. St. Preux.


Bader's most notable win during this streak came at UFC on FOX 14: Gustafsson vs. Johnson, when he faced a man who beat him during his collegiate wrestling days - Phil Davis. In what was a lackluster performance from both fighter, Bader won via Split Decision.


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 03.14.2015, 6:35 AM ET
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Ryan Bader MMA Fight Record

Record by Year and By Promotion

Pro Results Opponent Event Date
Loss | KO/TKO
1:26 Round 1 of 5

Us Anthony Johnson
20-4-0 20-5-0

Us UFC on FOX 18: Johnson vs. Bader
Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2016.01.30
Odds: +215 (Moderate Underdog) | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs) | Referee: Keith Peterson
#9 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2016
UFC on FOX 18 Performance of the Night
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Rashad Evans
19-4-0 19-3-1

Us UFC 192: Cormier vs. Gustafsson
Co-Main Event | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2015.10.03
Odds: +120 (Near Even) | Weigh-In: 206.0 lbs (93.4 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Cancelled Bout Daniel Cormier UFC UFN 68 2015.06.06
Reason: Cormier to Title Fight
Win | Decision | Split
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Phil Davis
18-4-0 13-2-0

Se UFC on FOX 14: Gustafsson vs. Johnson
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2015.01.24
Odds: +170 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs) | Referee: Marc Goddard
Win | Decision | Unanimous
5 Rounds, 25:00 Total

Ht Ovince St. Preux
17-4-0 16-5-0

Us 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 (93.0 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta | Walkout Music: The Rolling Stones - Paint It Black
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Br Rafael Cavalcante
16-4-0 12-4-0

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

2014.06.14
Odds: -170 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs) | Referee: Yves Lavigne
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Au Anthony Perosh
15-4-0 14-7-0

Au 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 (93.0 kgs) | Referee: John Sharp
Loss | KO/TKO | Punches
2:55 Round 1 of 5

Br Glover Teixeira
15-3-0 21-2-0

Br 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 (93.0 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
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

By Vladimir Matyushenko
14-3-0 26-6-0

Us 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 (93.0 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#9 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

Br Lyoto Machida
14-2-0 17-3-0

Us 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 (93.0 kgs) | Referee: John McCarthy
#14 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2012
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Quinton Jackson
13-2-0 32-9-0

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

2012.02.25
Odds: +125 (Slight Underdog) | Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs) | Referee: Leon Roberts
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
1:17 Round 1 of 3

Us Jason Brilz
12-2-0 18-4-1

Us 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 (93.0 kgs) | Referee: Jason McCoy
Loss | Submission | Choke
1:56 Round 1 of 3

Us Tito Ortiz
12-1-0 15-8-1

Us 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 (93.0 kgs) | Referee: Mario Yamasaki
#28 Greatest Submission of All Time
#10 Biggest Upset of All Time
#4 Best MMA Submission of the Year 2011
#40 Greatest Comeback of All Time
UFC 132 Submission of the Night
Loss | Submission | Choke
4:20 Round 2 of 3, 9:20 Total

Us Jon Jones
12-0-0 11-1-0

Us 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 (93.0 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
#34 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

Br Antônio Rogério Nogueira
11-0-0 19-3-0

Us 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 (93.0 kgs) | Referee: Josh Rosenthal | Walkout Music: Rob Zombie - Feel So Numb
Win | KO/TKO | Punch
2:10 Round 3 of 3, 12:10 Total

Us Keith Jardine
10-0-0 15-6-1

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

2010.02.20
Odds: -153 (Slight Favorite) | Weigh-In: 204.6 lbs (92.8 kgs) | Referee: Josh Rosenthal
#39 Best MMA Knockout of the Year 2010
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Eric Schafer
9-0-0 11-3-2

Us 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 (93.0 kgs) | Referee: Josh Rosenthal | Walkout Music: Rage Against the Machine - Imperial March (Rage Remix)
Win | Decision | Unanimous
3 Rounds, 15:00 Total

Us Carmelo Marrero
8-0-0 10-2-0

Us 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 (93.4 kgs) | Referee: Dan Miragliotta
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
2:18 Round 1 of 3

Br Vinny Magalhães
7-0-0 2-2-0

Us 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 (93.0 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | Decision | Unanimous
Exhibition Bout
2 Rounds, 10:00 Total

Us Eliot Marshall
7-0-0 5-1-0

Us The Ultimate Fighter Season 8: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2008.06.25
Referee: Josh Rosenthal
Win | KO/TKO | Punches
Exhibition Bout
3:44 Round 1 of 2

Us Tom Lawlor
7-0-0 4-1-0

Us The Ultimate Fighter Season 8: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2008.05.28
Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs) | Referee: Herb Dean
Win | Submission | Choke
Exhibition Bout
1:33 Round 2 of 2, 6:33 Total

Us Kyle Kingsbury
7-0-0 7-1-0

Us The Ultimate Fighter Season 8: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir
Main Card | Light Heavyweight | 205 lbs

2008.05.21
Weigh-In: 205.0 lbs (93.0 kgs) | Referee: Steve Mazzagatti
Win | Submission | Choke

Us Buckley Acosta

Us Nevada Regional

2008.04.05
Win | Decision | Unanimous

Us Brad Peterson

Us Nevada Regional

2007.12.28
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Mx Ulysses Cortez

Mx Mexico Regional

2007.10.27
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Us Dicky Chavez

Us King of the Cage

2007.09.15
Win | KO/TKO | Punches

Us Tim Peacock

Us Arizona Regional

2007.06.09
Win | Submission | Choke

Us David Baggett

Ky Cayman Islands Regional

2007.05.12
Win | Submission | Strikes

Us Dave Covello

Us United States Regional

2007.03.31

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