Ryan Bader earned the biggest victory of his young career, as he knocked out Keith Jardine in the third round at UFC 110 tonight.
Many thought that Jardine was too big of a challenge for The Ultimate Fighter Season 8 winner this early in his career, but Bader proved them wrong. After splitting the first two rounds, Bader turned up the heat in the final round.
After Jardine landed a kick, Bader took him down. Jardine was quick to get back to his feet, only to be wobbled by a punch from Bader. Bader followed up with a flying knee and a left hook which knocked Jardine out. The victory propels Bader straight into the heap of the elite of the UFC light-heavyweight division.
“My long-term goal is to become the UFC champion and to hold that 205-pound title,” Bader stated before the fight. “If you’re not really in it to do that, why even bother with a sport like this? I’m not in the UFC to be mediocre.”
With his huge victory tonight, Bader put the entire 205-pound division on notice.