Ryan Bader

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Ryan Bader
Ryan Bader 2011.jpg
Ryan Bader in 2011
BornRyan Bader
(1983-06-07) June 7, 1983 (age 37)
Reno, Nevada, United States
Other namesDarth
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight227 lb (103 kg; 16 st 3 lb)
DivisionLight Heavyweight (2007–present)
Heavyweight (2018–present)
Reach74 in (188 cm)[1]
StyleWrestling, Boxing
Fighting out ofChandler, Arizona, United States
TeamPower MMA Team
RankBrown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Jair Lourenço[2]
WrestlingNCAA Division I Wrestling[3]
Years active2007–present
Mixed martial arts record
By knockout12
By submission3
By decision12
By knockout4
By submission2
No contests1
Other information
UniversityArizona State University
SpouseDaisy Bader m. 2010 - Present
Mixed martial arts record from Sherdog
Ryan Bader
Medal record
Collegiate Wrestling
Representing the Arizona State Sun Devils
Pac-10 Championships
Gold medal – first place 2003 Boise 197 lb
Gold medal – first place 2004 Fargo 197 lb
Gold medal – first place 2006 Fullerton 197 lb

Ryan DuWayne Bader[4] (born June 7, 1983) is an American mixed martial artist currently signed to Bellator MMA, he is the current Bellator Heavyweight World Champion, and the former Bellator Light Heavyweight World Champion. Prior to signing with Bellator, Bader competed for the Ultimate Fighting Championship in the Light Heavyweight division. There, Bader achieved success as a top 5 Light Heavyweight contender and he compiled a UFC record of 15-5. He was a cast member and winner of The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir. He is currently ranked the #2 Light Heavyweight and the #7 pound for pound fighter in the world by MMAjunkie.com. He is the first fighter to hold belts in two divisions simultaneously in Bellator history. His nickname is Darth Bader, which refers to Star Wars antagonist character Darth Vader.

Background and career[edit]

Ryan Bader was born in Reno, Nevada and started wrestling at the age of seven. He entered mixed martial arts after a successful career in amateur wrestling. He attended Robert McQueen High School where he won two state championships and was ranked as high as fourth in the country for wrestling. In football, Bader was the 2001 Nevada Defensive Player of the Year and helped the McQueen Lancers win the Nevada state championship title.[5] Bader ultimately attended Arizona State University on a wrestling scholarship, where he was college teammates with former UFC Heavyweight Champion Cain Velasquez and CB Dollaway. While attending ASU, Bader was a three-time Pac-10 Champion, winning titles in 2003, 2004, and 2006. He was also a two-time All-American, placing fourth in 2004 as a sophomore and seventh in 2006 as a senior. He began training at Arizona Combat Sports in early 2007.

The Ultimate Fighter (2008)[edit]

Bader's UFC career began as a contestant on season 8 of The Ultimate Fighter. Bader, the first light heavyweight selected by coach Antônio Rodrigo Nogueira, went on to win his first three fights on the show to fight with Vinicius Magalhães on December 13, 2008, at The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale.

At the finale, Bader defeated Magalhães by way of a quick, first-round knockout, earning the title of "The Ultimate Fighter" and winning the traditional "six-figure UFC contract". An overhand right dropped Magalhães, and Bader followed up with strikes on the ground to take the win, less than halfway through the first round.

Ultimate Fighting Championship (2009–2011)[edit]

Bader's first post-TUF fight was at UFC Fight Night 18 against Carmelo Marrero, whom he defeated via unanimous decision, scoring 30–27 on all three judges' scorecards. During the match, Bader tore his medial collateral ligament and posterior cruciate ligament, which kept him sidelined until the next fall.

Shortly after the Marrero fight, Bader appeared alongside fellow Ultimate Fighter 8 winner Efrain Escudero in the UFC's sixth video game, UFC 2009 Undisputed. He and Escudero were available through special code obtained by pre-ordering the game from Gamestop.[6] On September 10, 2009, he and Escudero were made available for download on PlayStation Network and Xbox 360 Marketplace.

Bader returned against Eric Schafer on October 24, 2009, at UFC 104.[7] The fight was mainly dominated by Bader, who scored with a powerful attack of combinations standing and controlled the grappling, en route a unanimous decision victory (30–27, 29–26, and 30–27).

Next for Bader was Keith Jardine, who he fought on February 21, 2010, at the UFC's debut effort in Australia, UFC 110.[8] Bader scored a sharp jab on the tiring Jardine, which set up a flying knee to the chest and a left hook at 2:10 of the third round to secure a KO victory for Bader.

Along with Jesse Forbes, CB Dollaway, Eric Larkin and Aaron Simpson, Bader left Arizona Combat Sports to train at their newly opened gym Power MMA And Fitness.[9]

Bader moved his UFC record to 5-0 at the expense of Antônio Rogério Nogueira at UFC 119, controlling him most of the fight with his wrestling and using his jab and short combinations to stop much of Nogueira's offense. All three judges scored the fight 30–27 for Bader.[10]

First MMA losses (2011–2013)[edit]

Four months after his victory over Nogueira, Bader fought fellow rising prospect Jon Jones on February 5, 2011, at UFC 126,[11] where he received the first loss of his MMA career after tapping out to a modified guillotine choke in the second round.

In a massive upset, Bader lost to Tito Ortiz on July 2, 2011, at UFC 132 by an arm-in guillotine choke which Ortiz secured following a knockdown of Bader.[12]

Bader then faced Jason Brilz on November 19, 2011, at UFC 139.[13] He defeated Brilz at 1:17 of the first round via KO, landing a straight right behind Brilz's ear causing him to immediately fall to the mat face-first.[14]

Bader next faced former Light Heavyweight champion Quinton Jackson on February 26, 2012, at UFC 144.[15] Jackson weighed in over the Light Heavyweight weight allowance of 206 lbs by 5 lbs, weighing in at 211 lbs.[16] Bader accepted the fight at a catchweight and received 20% of Jackson's purse. Bader won via unanimous decision, with all three judges scoring the fight 30–27.[17]

Bader faced Lyoto Machida on August 4, 2012, at UFC on Fox: Shogun vs. Vera.[18] He was defeated via KO at 1:32 in the second round, after rushing in and being caught with a punch.[19]

Bader faced former title challenger Vladimir Matyushenko on January 26, 2013, at UFC on Fox 6.[20] He won the fight via guillotine choke submission at just 50 seconds of the first round, earning his first Submission of the Night honors, and also having the fastest UFC Light Heavyweight submission.[21][22]

Bader was expected to face Glover Teixeira on May 25, 2013, at UFC 160.[23] However, Bader pulled out of the bout citing an injury and was replaced by James Te-Huna.[24]

The bout with Teixeira eventually took place on September 4, 2013, in the main event at UFC Fight Night 28.[25] Despite dropping Teixeira early in the first round, Bader lost the fight via TKO in the first round.[26]

Bader faced Anthony Perosh on December 7, 2013, at UFC Fight Night 33.[27] He won the fight via unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, and 30–26). Bader dominated Perosh all 15 minutes of the three round contest using his superior wrestling.[28]

Winning streaks at UFC (2014–2016)[edit]

Bader faced Rafael Cavalcante on June 14, 2014, at UFC 174.[29][30] He won the fight via unanimous decision. Bader's wrestling was displayed once again, controlling Feijão the majority of the bout.[31]

Bader faced Ovince St. Preux on August 16, 2014, at UFC Fight Night: Bader vs. St. Preux.[32] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[33]

Bader fought Phil Davis on January 24, 2015, at UFC on Fox 14.[34] He won the fight by split decision.[35]

Bader was expected to face Daniel Cormier on June 6, 2015, at UFC Fight Night 68.[36] However, on April 28, 2015 it was announced that Cormier had been removed from the fight in favor of a matchup with Anthony Johnson on May 23, 2015 at UFC 187.[37]

Bader faced Rashad Evans on October 3, 2015, at UFC 192.[38] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[39]

Bader faced Anthony Johnson in the main event on January 30, 2016, at UFC on Fox 18.[40] His winning streak was interrupted, as he lost the fight via knockout in the first round.[41]

Bader next faced Ilir Latifi on September 3, 2016, at UFC Fight Night 93.[42] He won the fight via knockout in the second round and was awarded a Performance of the Night bonus.[43][44]

Bader faced Antônio Rogério Nogueira in a rematch on November 19, 2016, in the main event at UFC Fight Night 100.[45] He won the fight by TKO in the third round with ground and pound after dominating Nogueira on the mat.[46] Bader's fight against Nogueira was the last on his UFC contract and afterward he was a free agent.

Bellator MMA (2017–present)[edit]

Double champion (2017-2020)[edit]

On Ariel Helwani's podcast, the MMA Hour, Bader stated that he has a Bellator MMA contract on hand, that negotiations are in process, and that the UFC has the right to match the Bellator offer. If the UFC chose not to match then his desire would be for an immediate fight against the current Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion Phil Davis, whom he already beat in the UFC. On March 21, 2017, Bader announced that the UFC had not sought to match Bellator's offer and that he was officially signed a six-fight deal with Bellator MMA.[47]

Bader was officially unveiled as a fighter for the company at Bellator 175. After the main event, Bader entered the cage and it was announced he would face Muhammed Lawal at Bellator 180 on June 24, 2017. However, Lawal pulled out of the fight and Bader faced Bellator Light Heavyweight champion Phil Davis in a rematch.[48] Bader and Davis first met at UFC on Fox: Gustafsson vs. Johnson on January 24, 2015, with Bader winning by split decision. Bader won the rematch again by split decision to become the new Light Heavyweight champion.[49]

In his first title defense, Bader faced Linton Vassell at Bellator 186 on November 3, 2017.[50] He won the fight via TKO in the second round.

Bader faced Muhammed Lawal in the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix for the Bellator Heavyweight championship at Bellator 199 on May 12, 2018. He won the fight via TKO just 15 seconds into the first round.

Bader faced Matt Mitrione in the semi-finals at Bellator 207 on October 12, 2018.[51] He won the fight via unanimous decision.[52]

In the final, Bader faced Fedor Emelianenko for the vacant Bellator Heavyweight World Championship in the main event at Bellator 214 on January 26, 2019.[53] Bader claimed the title by winning via knockout just 35 seconds into the first round, thus becoming the first ever simultaneous two-weight champion in Bellator history.[54]

In April 2019, Bader signed an exclusive, multi-year and six-fight contract with Bellator.[55][56]

On July 11, 2019, it was announced that Bader is set to make his first heavyweight title defense against Cheick Kongo. This bout served as the headliner of Bellator 226 on September 7.[57] The bout ended in a no contest at 3:52 of the first round when Bader landed an accidental "eye" poke on Kongo that rendered him unable to continue, with Bader retaining his title.

Bader was signed to defend his light heavyweight title against Vadim Nemkov at Bellator 242 on May 9, 2020.[58] However, it was later announced that Bellator 242 and Bader's bout against Nemkov had been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[59] The bout with Nemkov was rescheduled and took place on August 21 at Bellator 244. Bader lost the bout via second round technical knockout.[60]

Personal life[edit]

Bader and his wife Daisy were married in October 2010.[61]

Championships and accomplishments[edit]

Mixed martial arts[edit]

Collegiate wrestling[edit]

Mixed martial arts record[edit]

Professional record breakdown
34 matches 27 wins 6 losses
By knockout 12 4
By submission 3 2
By decision 12 0
No contests 1
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Loss 27–6 (1) Vadim Nemkov TKO (head kick and punches) Bellator 244 August 21, 2020 2 3:02 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Lost the Bellator Light Heavyweight World Championship.
NC 27–5 (1) Cheick Kongo NC (accidental eye poke) Bellator 226 September 7, 2019 1 3:52 San Jose, California, United States Retained the Bellator Heavyweight World Championship.
Win 27–5 Fedor Emelianenko KO (punches) Bellator 214 January 26, 2019 1 0:35 Inglewood, California, United States Won the Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix and the vacant Bellator Heavyweight World Championship.
Win 26–5 Matt Mitrione Decision (unanimous) Bellator 207 October 12, 2018 3 5:00 Uncasville, Connecticut, United States Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix Semifinal.
Win 25–5 Muhammed Lawal TKO (punches) Bellator 199 May 12, 2018 1 0:15 San Jose, California, United States Heavyweight debut. Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix Quarterfinal.
Win 24–5 Linton Vassell TKO (punches) Bellator 186 November 3, 2017 2 3:58 University Park, Pennsylvania, United States Defended the Bellator Light Heavyweight World Championship.
Win 23–5 Phil Davis Decision (split) Bellator 180 June 24, 2017 5 5:00 New York City, New York, United States Won the Bellator Light Heavyweight World Championship.
Win 22–5 Antônio Rogério Nogueira TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Bader vs. Nogueira 2 November 19, 2016 3 3:51 São Paulo, Brazil
Win 21–5 Ilir Latifi KO (knee) UFC Fight Night: Arlovski vs. Barnett September 3, 2016 2 2:06 Hamburg, Germany Performance of the Night.
Loss 20–5 Anthony Johnson KO (punches) UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Bader January 30, 2016 1 1:26 Newark, New Jersey, United States
Win 20–4 Rashad Evans Decision (unanimous) UFC 192 October 3, 2015 3 5:00 Houston, Texas, United States
Win 19–4 Phil Davis Decision (split) UFC on Fox: Gustafsson vs. Johnson January 24, 2015 3 5:00 Stockholm, Sweden
Win 18–4 Ovince Saint Preux Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Bader vs. Saint Preux August 16, 2014 5 5:00 Bangor, Maine, United States
Win 17–4 Rafael Cavalcante Decision (unanimous) UFC 174 June 14, 2014 3 5:00 Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Win 16–4 Anthony Perosh Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Bigfoot December 7, 2013 3 5:00 Brisbane, Australia
Loss 15–4 Glover Teixeira TKO (punches) UFC Fight Night: Teixeira vs. Bader September 4, 2013 1 2:55 Belo Horizonte, Brazil
Win 15–3 Vladimir Matyushenko Submission (guillotine choke) UFC on Fox: Johnson vs. Dodson January 26, 2013 1 0:50 Chicago, Illinois, United States Submission of the Night.
Loss 14–3 Lyoto Machida KO (punch) UFC on Fox: Shogun vs. Vera August 4, 2012 2 1:32 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 14–2 Quinton Jackson Decision (unanimous) UFC 144 February 26, 2012 3 5:00 Saitama, Japan Catchweight (211 lbs) bout; Jackson missed weight.
Win 13–2 Jason Brilz KO (punch) UFC 139 November 19, 2011 1 1:17 San Jose, California, United States
Loss 12–2 Tito Ortiz Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 132 July 2, 2011 1 1:56 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Loss 12–1 Jon Jones Submission (guillotine choke) UFC 126 February 5, 2011 2 4:20 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 12–0 Antônio Rogério Nogueira Decision (unanimous) UFC 119 September 25, 2010 3 5:00 Indianapolis, Indiana, United States
Win 11–0 Keith Jardine KO (flying knee and punch) UFC 110 February 21, 2010 3 2:10 Sydney, Australia
Win 10–0 Eric Schafer Decision (unanimous) UFC 104 October 24, 2009 3 5:00 Los Angeles, California, United States
Win 9–0 Carmelo Marrero Decision (unanimous) UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann April 1, 2009 3 5:00 Nashville, Tennessee, United States
Win 8–0 Vinny Magalhães TKO (punches) The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs Team Mir Finale December 13, 2008 1 2:18 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States Won The Ultimate Fighter 8 Light Heavyweight Tournament.
Win 7–0 Buckley Acosta Submission (arm-triangle choke) XCC 6: Western Threat April 5, 2008 1 0:47 Reno, Nevada, United States
Win 6–0 Brad Peterson Decision (unanimous) IFO: Fireworks in the Cage IV December 28, 2007 3 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Win 5–0 Ulises Cortez KO (suplex and punches) SE: Vale Tudo October 27, 2007 1 N/A Mexico
Win 4–0 Dicky Chavez TKO (punches) KOTC: Unstoppable September 15, 2007 1 0:41 San Carlos, Arizona, United States
Win 3–0 Tim Peacock TKO (punches) Rage in the Cage 94 June 9, 2007 2 2:50 Camp Verde, Arizona, United States
Win 2–0 David Baggett Submission (rear-naked choke) Proving Grounds 1 May 12, 2007 1 N/A Cayman Islands
Win 1–0 Dave Covello TKO (submission to punches) Reno Combats: Inferno 2 March 31, 2007 1 2:21 Camp Verde, Arizona, United States
Res. Record Opponent Method Event Date Round Time Location Notes
Win 3–0 Eliot Marshall Decision (unanimous) The Ultimate Fighter 8 June 25, 2008 (airdate) 2 5:00 Las Vegas, Nevada, United States TUF 8 semifinal round.
Win 2–0 Tom Lawlor KO (punch) May 28, 2008 (airdate) 1 3:44 TUF 8 quarterfinal round.
Win 1–0 Kyle Kingsbury Submission (arm-triangle choke) May 21, 2008 (airdate) 2 1:33 TUF 8 preliminary round.


NCAA Record[edit]

NCAA Championships Matches
Res. Record Opponent Score Date Event
2006 NCAA Championships at 197 lbs
Loss 10-7 Joel Flaggert 4-9 March 17, 2006 2006 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships
Win 10-6 Nathan Moore 6-4
Loss 9-6 Chris Weidman 7-10
Win 9-5 Tyrone Byrd 6-0
Win 8-5 Bredan McLean Fall
2005 NCAA Championships at 197 lbs
Loss 7-5 Joel Flaggert 5-1 March 17, 2005 2005 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships
Win 7-4 Joel Weimer 3-2
Loss 6-4 Phil Davis 1-3
Win 6-3 Tyrone Byrd 7-3
2004 NCAA Championships 4th at 197 lbs
Win 5-3 Chris Skretkowicz 5-1 March 20, 2004 2004 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships
Loss 4-3 Damion Hahn 1-2
Win 4-2 B.J. Padden 5-3
Win 3-2 Joel Weimer 4-1
Win 2-2 Jeff Foust 7-0
2003 NCAA Championships at 197 lbs
Loss 1-2 Matt Greenberg Major 1-14 March 20, 2003 2003 NCAA Division I Wrestling Championships
Loss 1-1 Jon Trenge Major 2-11
Win 1-0 Adam Schaaf OT 6-4

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