On some levels, Bader’s performance against Perosh was impressive. On others, it left a lot to be desired. After all, it was fairly clear Perosh was in trouble from early on in the effort, yet Bader was content to take him down and try to pound him out instead of puting him away while standing. The strategy was smart but didn’t do much to dissuade his critics. Two interesting possibilities for Bader’s next appearance in the Octagon are Rafael Cavalcante and Phil Davis. The former has the power and BJJ ability to test Bader in all phases of a fight, while the latter’s wrestling prowess would give Bader an opportunity to show he’s the superior grappler. Better yet, both are currently available for action and also happen to have some name value to assist in marketing the match-up. (PHOTO CREDIT: Jason Silva-USA TODAY Sports)
Every win in the Octagon is important. Of course, some are more notable than others. In the case of UFC Fight Night 33, a few up-and-coming youngsters exited the event with impressive debuts in tow, while seasoned veterans like Mauricio Rua and Ryan Bader dominated their respective rumbles. Here’s a look at what might be next for the evening’s biggest victors, as well as thoughts on what’s down the road for Antonio Silva-Mark Hunt after their jaw-dropping, edge-of-your-couch clash in the main event.
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