Ryan Bader wanted this fight and proved why he was up for it. When he wanted to take it to the ground he did, he worked the the thighs and really controlled the pace of the fight. Once we got into the second round, the former Strikeforce Light Heavyweight Champion appeared to be into this fight, but fatigue started and it was down hill from there.
Bader completely dominated this fight and got the win.
Ryan Bader (16-4) has six knockouts, four submissions and 6 decision victories, while he has been knocked out twice and submitted twice. Prior to joining the UFC he was on a seven fight winning streak. He beat Vinny Magalhaes via 1st RD TKO at The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale
Dec / 13 / 2008 in his UFC debut. He would knock off his next four fights with wins over Carmelo Marrero, Eric Schafer, Keith Jardine and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira. He would drop two straight fights to Jon Jones and Tito Ortiz. In his last six fights he is 4-2. In his last four fights he is 2-2.
He lost to Lyoto Machida via 2nd RD KO at UFC on Fox 4 – Shogun vs. Vera on Aug / 04 / 2012, but would beat Vladimir Matyushenko via submission at UFC on Fox 6 – Johnson vs. Dodson on Jan / 26 / 2013.
He lost to Glover Teixeira via 1st RD TKO at UFC Fight Night – Teixeira vs. Bader on Sep / 04 / 2013, but in beat Anthony Perosh via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night – Hunt vs. Bigfoot on Dec / 07 / 2013.
Rafael Cavalcante (12-4) has 11 knockouts, 1 submission and has been knocked out three times. Prior to joining the UFC he is 2-1-1 in his last four fights. He lost to Thiago Silva via 1st RD KO at UFC on Fuel TV 10 – Nogueira vs. Werdum on June / 08 / 2013 in his UFC debut. He beat Igor Pokrajac via 1st TKO at UFC Fight Night – Belfort vs. Henderson on Nov / 09 / 2013 in his last fight prior to UFC 174.