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Ryan Bader vs. Jason Brilz added to UFC 139 lineup

A year ago Ryan Bader was undefeated and on the cusp of a title-shot. Today the Ultimate Fighter Season 8 champ is on the verge of losing three fights in a row, a position he’ll hope to avoid this November 19 when the Zuffa train stops in San Jose for UFC 139.

According to the UFC’s website, Bader will face Jason Brilz at the show who himself is on a two-fight skid and will have little to lose when it comes to their impending match-up.

“Darth” Bader was last seen at UFC 132 where he was left befuddled by Tito Ortiz in one of the biggest upsets in recent history after “The Huntingon Beach Bad Boy” left him stunned with a well-timed punch, then moved in for the submission finish. As a result, the All-American wrestler out of Arizona State is now coming off back-to-back Guillotine Choke defeats after winning twelve straight to open up his MMA career including victories against Keith Jardine and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.

Brilz came to fans’ attention after beating Tim Boestch and Eric Schafer in the Octagon, then nearly taking out Nogueira at UFC 114, but was knocked out in twenty seconds by Vladmir Matyushenko at the UFC’s milestone event in Toronto this past April. He holds an overall record of 18-4-1 with fourteen finishes featuring five TKOs and nine submissions.

UFC 139 is headlined by Cain Velasquez defending his heavyweight belt against Brazilian brawler Junior dos Santos and is also set to feature a showdown between former WEC champs Urijah Faber and Brian Bowles.


  • JTM says:

    That should hopefully be a wing-ding of a fight, or at least that’s what I’m thinking Joe Silva is thinking.

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  • Rece Rock says:

    loser goes home?or is atleast damn near it.

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  • fanoftna33 says:

    I dont think Brilz should be considered on a 2 fight losing streak as he beat little Nog according to everybody but Little Nog and the judges so the UFC will hopefully give him a little leeway. Should be a decent fight though.

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  • MCM says:

    I don’t think this is a loser leaves town match. Though I think they’re trying to give Bader an “easy” fight here, I’m pretty sure they’ll keep him around even if he looses. Brilz is a tough fighter. Before he got taken to the cleaners by the Janitor ( :) ) he went through a very tough Boestch and, in most peoples eyes, beat Lil Nog. But he’s still the type of fighter Bader should beat.

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  • JTM says:

    3 months isn’t enough time for Bader to reinvent himself. All he can hope for is to be in a good mental state so he can do what he does best – hit guys hard, then control them on the deck and look for the TKO. Brilz hasn’t finished anyone beyond Brad Morris in about 3 years. I hope for an exciting fight, and I think that’s the message Joe Silva is putting to Bader.

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  • stone says:

    Bader needs to switch camps… Seems like that whole team cant move forward

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