Fans will have to forgive Ryan Bader if he complains of a headache over the next few days. Not long after eating a few stiff fists from Lyoto Machida Saturday night in the co-main event of UFC on FOX 4, Bader admitted he didn’t remember much of what happened en route to his knockout loss.
Machida landed a huge right as Bader came charging in during the second round and landed several more blows before the referee could step in.
“When I woke up, I didn’t know what was going on,” Bader revealed in a post-show interview on Fuel TV. “I have no idea what happened. I thought I was still fighting and woke up and people were around me. I don’t remember if I got hit with a straight or a left.”
Bader said he tried to push pressure on Machida but “The Dragon” used his karate-style to keep the former Ultimate Fighter champion at bay.
“Yeah, I wanted to put some hands on him and get him to respect my power and get some takedowns on him,” explained Bader. “He caught me coming in. He was patient and he did the right thing.”
After consecutive victories over Jason Brilz and Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, the stumble against Machida means it’s back to the drawing board for Bader. He is 2-3 in his last five fights overall with all three losses coming to fighters who have worn the UFC light heavyweight title (or currently do in the case of Jon Jones).
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