Former Ultimate Fighter winner Ryan Bader bounced back from his first two losses of his career during 2011 by defeating Quinton “Rampage” Jackson. Now, Bader takes on his third straight former UFC light heavyweight champion when he meets Lyoto Machida at UFC on Fox 4 on August 4.
While Bader and Machida will only fill the co-main event slot, where the bout is placed doesn’t really concern “Darth.” His only worry is earning a victory.
“I’ve just got to go in there and beat Machida, and that’s all my job is,” said Bader, during a recent interview with MMAjunkie.com Radio. “I’m not really worried about (where the bout is placed). I’m worried about getting in there and getting a win.”
Bader lost to current UFC light heavyweight champion Jon Jones before “Bones” claimed the belt and ex-champion Tito Ortiz during 2011. Those defeats snapped a 14-fight win streak to start his career.
“I’m a lot different fighter than I was when I lost to Jones and Tito,” Bader said. “I changed everything up. I got a bunch of new coaches; I got a head coach who is running everything now at Power MMA. It’s been great.”