UFC light-heavyweight Ryan Bader will be looking for a solid bounce-back effort when he tangles with veteran Anthony Perosh at Fight Night 33 in Australia. In his last bout, “Darth” was stopped in the first round by top-ranked contender Glover Teixeira at Fight Night 28.
Bader actually seemed to have hurt Teixeira with a punch in the opening stanza, but paid the price by getting caught by a counter-shot as he got a little too overaggressive. Bader has been in with top-flight competition during his UFC career, but has fallen short against the likes of current light-heavyweight champ Jon Jones, Lyoto Machida and Tito Ortiz.
The Season 8 winner of the Ultimate Fighter is 15-4 in his career, and does have victories over Quinton Jackson and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. Bader possesses a standout wrestling game, and has good power with seven knockouts to his credit. He knows another loss would likely demote him into journeyman status, and needs a victory to stay relevant in the 205-pound division.
The 41-year old Perosh will definitely have a partisan crowd behind him in Brisbane. The fighter known as “The Hippo” is 4-1 in his last five fights, and most recently stopped Vinny Magalhaes in just 14 seconds at UFC 163. It was quite a reversal of fortune for the fighter from Sydney, who had suffered a humbling seven-second KO loss in his previous fight against Ryan Jimmo.
Perosh is regarded as one of the pioneers of MMA in Australia and is hoping to put on one more solid performance in front of his countryman. With both fighters having shown an ability to finish, and each also being on the receiving end of knockout losses recently, this one has the prospects of ending inside the distance.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports