Bader is 3-4 since peaking with a win over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira three years ago. His biggest instance of success in the bunch came against an injured, out-of-shape Quinton Jackson while all four of Bader’s losses involved a finish in the first two frames of action. He’s a power-packing wrestler but little more. Though he has a VERY winnable fight against Anthony Perosh coming up, anything less than domination will hurt Bader’s stock and likely put him in a “must win” position for his subsequent scrap.
Fans were left with their jaws dropped yesterday when the UFC decided to hand seasoned veteran Yushin Okami his walking papers despite being a Top 10 middleweight. According to UFC President Dana White, Okami’s status as a gatekeeper who couldn’t quite get over the hump was the main reason for his release. With the UFC’s increased interest in developing fresh talent over established competitors, it seems there are at least a few fighters likely to follow in Okami’s footsteps at some point soon to the chagrin of MMA enthusiasts everywhere. (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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