Ryan Bader fully accepts the role of underdog as he prepares for Glover Teixeira. In fact, Bader prefers being considered a long shot as there’s no added pressure.
“As the underdog, the pressure is much lower,” said Bader to TATAME. “When the pressure drops, I can develop my full potential. When you’re the favorite there is a lot of tension, people expect you to win. But when you’re the underdog there is almost no pressure.”
The two were supposed to fight at UFC 160 before Bader fell to an injury.
Bader returned to action this year with a first round Submission of the Night over Vladimir Matyushenko. It improved the light heavyweight to 15-3.
Teixeira is undefeated in the UFC with four wins. He’s beaten former champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and James Te Huna since January.
They headline UFC on FS1 3 from Brazil’s Mineirinho Arena. It takes place on September 4.