Ryan Bader vs. Vladimir Matyushenko
Our first trip to the light heavyweight ranks is next, as Ryan Bader (14-3) faces off with Vladimir Matyushenko (26-6). Both men are coming off losses to top contenders, as Bader was defeated by Lyoto Machida and Matyushenko was bested by Alexander Gustafsson. The third man inside the Octagon will be John McCarthy.
Round 1: Matyushenko is the second-oldest active fighter in the UFC at 42 years old. Bader lands a huge left coming in that floors Matyushenko, and Bader pounces, grabbing the head and cranking a choke from the bottom position. Bader is able to lock up a leg in half-guard and tightens the grip, forcing Matyushenko to tap quickly.
Ryan Bader def. Vladimir Matyushenko via submission (guillotine choke) at :50 of Round 1