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UFC 174: Ryan Bader Vs. Rafael Cavalcante

ufc 174

Ryan Bader vs. Rafael Cavalcante

To the light heavyweight division we return, as Ryan Bader takes on Rafael Cavalcante.

Bader (16-4), a former Ultimate Fighter winner, is an even 2-2 in his last four after back-to-back wins over Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Jason Brilz. He defeated Anthony Perosh to close out 2013.

Cavalcante (12-4) has compiled a 5-2 record with one no-contest over his last eight fights, including a recent finish of Igor Pokrajac. His losses during this run were to Thiago Silva and Dan Henderson.

Round 1: No feeling out period, as these two are coming right after each other. Bader just misses on a big head kick. Bader ducks and scores with an easy takedown. Cavalcante quickly to his feet and both men are trying to wear on the other. Bader rag-dolls him to the canvas, but Cavalcante right back up. Bader is hammering the thigh with knees, taking away some power of Cavalcante and keeping him grounded for the moment. Cavalcante just misses on a step-in left hook, but he appears to have the respect of Bader. One more takedown for Bader as we go under a minute. Cavalcante curling into a ball as Bader punishes him with shots to the body.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Bader

Round 2: Big spinning back kick right off the bat for Cavalcante. Bader ducks under and shoots for a takedown, but is denied this time. Just brute force allows Bader to score a single-leg takedown. Really nice knees to the body by Bader to a grounded Cavalcante, as he is controlling him and keeping him on the ground. Bader winning the striking game along with the wrestling action so far.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Bader

Round 3: Cavalcante’s corner told him go for broke and he does, coming out with a huge right hand that connects. Bader tries for a takedown, is denied, and eats a series of shots. Another takedown attempt is denied by Cavalcante. Bader denied on a third takedown try. The fourth time, though, is successful for the former college standout. He is back to punishing the body with short shots as we head under two minutes.

FightLine scores the round 10-9 for Bader

Ryan Bader def. Rafael Cavalcante via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)