Magalhaes was a greenhorn when he and Bader met for the right to be named TUF 8 champion but only in terms of his Mixed Martial Arts background. While he lacked the wrestling and stand-up necessary to excel on the highest level, Magalhaes was (and still is) one of the top BJJers in the sport and definitely posed a threat in terms of submission skill. As a result, Bader made sure to avoid putting Magalhaes on the mat…at least until it was time to pick up a TKO before the midway point of the fight’s first frame.
UFC light heavyweight Ryan Bader (15-4) looked like a future star after his run on the Ultimate Fighter 8 and, for the most part, has lived up to the hype. Though he’s suffered a few stumbles in the Octagon, three of his losses came against former champions and the fourth involved the division’s current #1 contender. Bader will look to get back on the winning track this weekend at UFC Fight Night 33 when he faces Anthony Perosh. “Darth” is definitely the favorite entering the fight and, when looking at a list of his five biggest victories, it’s easy to see why… (Photos by USA Today Sports Images)
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