UFC light-heavyweight Ryan Bader badly needed a victory at Fight Night 33 in Australia against veteran Anthony Perosh, and he delivered in dominant fashion in Brisbane. “Darth” delivered a brutal beat-down of the game 41 year old en route to a lopsided unanimous decision victory. Bader delivered a strong bounce-back performance and stayed relevant in the 205 pound division after being stopped in the first round by hard-hitting Brazilian Glover Teixeira in his last fight.
The quality of opposition faced by the two fighters showed, as Bader dominated throughout. He landed a devastating uppercut in the opening round and utilized a solid ground-and-pound with some brutally effective elbows. It was a trend that would play out throughout the course of the fight as Perosh showed remarkable courage just to survive. Bader hurt his right hand in the opening round, but it didn’t slow down his onslaught. Things were actually getting to the point of being uncomfortable in the third and final round, as Perosh was badly bloodied and taking tremendous punishment from Bader. The scorecards read 30-27, 30-27 and 30-26.
Bader will no doubt be in line for another high-profile fight moving forward. He’s been at the point in his career where he’s been able to take things to a certain level, but has fallen short when stepping up against elite competition. Besides the loss to the top-ranked Teixeira, Bader has also fallen short against current light-heavyweight champion Jon Jones and Lyoto Machida.
Perosh is considered one of the pioneers of MMA in Australia, and the Sydney fighter mustered all of his resolve to hang in and make it to the final bell despite the beating he endured. He falls to 14-8 in his career and 4-3 in the UFC.
Rick LaFitte is an MMA Writer for Rant Sports.