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.
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