Before Ryan Bader meets Ovince Saint Preux this Saturday night at UFC Fight Night 47, he sat down and talked about his chances of getting a title shot.
“I’ll be on a three-fight winning streak and looking to fight one of those top-3 or top-5 guys, and I think now is the right time. For me, going out there and beating ‘OSP’ is going to put me in the next position where I could be one fight away from the title. I’m looking to have a good, exciting fight. I think we match up pretty well, and this fight should turn out to be an exciting one. We’re going to try to take each other out. I know he wants it because he’s up-and-coming and he wants to get to the next level. So do I, and my next level is that title. That’s where we’re at.”
Bader (17-4) Has six knockouts, four submissions and 7 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 on 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 five fights he is 3-2. Bader beat Rafael “Feijao” Cavalcante via unanimous decision in his last outing.
“In the past I don’t think I was ready for it. It would have been a good opportunity, but if I had fought for the title, it wouldn’t have been my time because I wasn’t the fighter I wanted to be. I believe now is my time. If I get to the point where I have a title shot, I am the fighter I want to be, and I can go out there and take that title. In the past, looking back, I don’t think I had the skills or the experience or the mental aspect of it that’s necessary, but now I do. It’s the right time.”
UFC Fight Night 47: Bader Vs. Preux goes down this Saturday night (8/16) on Fox Sports 1 and 2. MMA Frenzy will have the latest news leading up to, during and after the event, as well as having the latest and greatest live play-by-play coverage of the event. From the first fight of the prelim side of the card on Fox Sports 2 and to the fight the big fights on the main card that airs on Fox Sports 1. The headlining fight is Ryan Bader vs. Ovince St. Preux, the co-main event will see Gray Maynard vs. Ross Pearson. The event airs from Bangor, Maine at the Cross Insurance Center. The show starts with Frankie Saenz vs. Nolan Ticman at (8 p.m. ET on Fox Sports 2 and then continuing on Fox Sports 1. The real fights with the main card at 10 p.m. ET with Thiago Tavares vs. Robbie Peralta on Fox Sports 1. We will be providing live play-by-play coverage for each fight, as well as having minute to minute updates through the night and after the fights happen. Also, stay tuned for the post event news.