UFC light heavyweight Ryan Bader’s reputation is one of a powerful grappler with a devastating right hand and not much to offer outside of those areas. However, the 29-year old showed he’s got a few tricks up his sleeves as well, locking up a submission in the opening round of his fight against Vladimir Matyushenko this past weekend at UFC on FOX 6. The performance was so slick it marked the fastest tap-out at 205 pounds in the organization’s history and the only time Matyushenko had been submitted in his 15 year career.
Also, according to Bader, it was an indication of his growth as a fighter.
“It went too quick for me, because I wanted to go through some adversity – get hit, stay in the pocket, all that kind of stuff – but I felt good. I felt very, very comfortable out there from the beginning. I felt good with my hands. I dropped him, and I was composed enough to think, ‘Hey, should I try to keep punching him, to TKO him?’ But I saw the opening for a submission and I went for it,” said Bader after the win in an interview with MMAFighting. “I’m getting more composed and as that happens I’m gonna get better and better.”
“I took a risk there jumping guard with that Guillotine. I would have never done that in the past so it’s definitely the evolution of me as a fighter,” he concluded.
Bader improved his overall record to 15-3 with the triumph including success in three of his last four fights. In addition to Matyushenko, the Ultimate Fighter 8 winner also holds past wins over the likes of Keith Jardine, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, and Quinton Jackson.
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