Ryan Bader On Beating Nogueira, His Future

Ryan Bader On Beating Nogueira, His Future

Ryan Bader knows what can happen when you get ahead of yourself inside the Octagon.

That’s why “Darth” took a wait-and-see approach recently during his victory over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

With the third round finish, Bader improved to 7-1 over his last eight fights. The bout was his last on his current UFC contract, but the former Ultimate Fighter winner is expected to sign a new deal.

“Nogueira is always tough. I was surprised how tough he was again,” Bader said (thanks to MMA Fighting for the quotes). “The first round, I hit him with some hard shots. One thing I learned in my career is to be patient. Last time in Brazil I wasn’t patient, and I paid for it, so I picked my shots. I started to feel better in the third than I did in the first. I wasn’t rushing anything.

“I got the Lil’ Nog fight and now here we are. Look, I love the UFC and I love fighting in the UFC. Gotta make sense, though. I’ve been a top 5 for a while, and I want big fights. There’s a big fight coming up in December, so we’ll talk with them and see where we go from here.”

Posted by Kelley Tidwell

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