It’s a bounce back fight of critical importance for UFC light heavyweight Ryan Bader, as he will fight Anthony Perosh at UFC Fight Night 33 in Australia. Bader is coming off a first round stoppage defeat at the hands of top contender Glover Teixeira at UFC Fight Night 28 in Brazil. While the result was disappointing, Bader did surprise many by rocking Teixeira a couple of times with punches during the brief affair. However, Bader got careless going for the finish, and had his night ended by a brutal left hook-right hand combination from the powerful Brazilian. It’s certainly a quick turnaround for Bader and obviously he doesn’t mind being a road warrior, as he will tangle with the 40-year-old Perosh on his home turf.
Perosh most recently knocked out Vinny Magalhaes in 14 seconds at UFC 163 in Brazil. It was quite a reversal of fortune for “The Hippo,” who was a seven second knockout victim at the hands of Ryan Jimmo at UFC 149. Perosh has recorded four victories against two losses since joining the promotion. He was hoping to land a high quality opponent after the Magalhaes victory, and that wish has been granted.
Bader has been in against many of the UFC’s top light heavyweights during his career with mixed results. He’s defeated Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. However, he’s lost at the top level against Teixeira, Lyoto Machida, Tito Ortiz and to current champion Jon “Bones” Jones. The Ultimate Fighter Season 8 winner began his UFC career with five straight wins to get to 12-and-0. However, since that high point, he has dropped four of his last seven fights.
If he suffers another defeat against Perosh, it would shape up as a devastating blow to his career. However, a Bader win in Brisbane on Dec. 7 would likely see him get another opportunity to prove himself against top 10 opposition.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports