Ryan Bader was once considered to be one of the most promising prospects in the UFC’s light heavyweight division, but, following two consecutive losses, “Darth” has been forced to return to the drawing board.
First taken out by current champ Jonny “Bones” Jones (by second round guillotine choke), Bader was recently taken out by former champ Tito Ortiz in the same fashion, only one round earlier. The bout was considered a foregone conclusion, with most assuming that Bader would defeat Ortiz easily, getting back on the climb toward the top and throwing the last shovel-full of dirt over “The Huntington Beach Bad Boy’s” career.
Instead, it was the old lion doing the gravedigger once the fight was over, and UFC president Dana White recently said during an appearance on Opie and Anthony that it’s in part because the young gun “choked.”
“It looked like Bader froze and choked in that fight and Tito — listen, I said it before the fight happened, when his back is against the wall, that’s when he fights his best,” said White. “And, what a lot of people don’t realize about Tito is how good his submissions are, he’s just never had to use them before. He used to get people on their back and ground and pound them and would never take any risk. And you saw, once he put that guillotine on — did you see how hard he was squeezing? He looked like he was gonna try and pop his head off.”
Check out the video of White’s O&A appearance below.