The Ultimate Fighter 8 light heavyweight winner Ryan Bader will be eying his third-straight victory inside the Octagon when he returns from a knee injury to take on fellow 205-pounder Eric Schafer at UFC 104 on October 24 in Los Angeles.
The matchup was announced by Bader on Wednesday on Facebook.
A two-time D-1 All-American wrestler at Arizona State, “Darth” Bader compiled a 7-0 record before winning TUF 8 with a finals victory over Vinny Magalhaes. In his next bout, Bader defeated Carmelo Marrero via unanimous decision at UFC Fight Night 18 in April but suffered several torn ligaments in his knee during the bout that sidelined him for up to six months.
After leaving the UFC in 2007 following back-to-back losses to Michael Bisping and Stephan Bonnar, Schafer won two-straight before returning to the Octagon for victories over Houston Alexander last September and Antonio Mendes in January. “Red” was slated to return to action at The Ultimate Fighter 9 Finale in June against Tomasz Drwal but withdrew from the bout after sustaining a rib injury while training.
UFC 104 is headlined by a light heavyweight championship matchup featuring current title-holder Lyoto Machida against challenger Mauricio “Shogun” Rua. Heavyweight contenders Shane Carwin and Cain Velasquez are set to square off in the PPV card’s co-main event.
[Pictured: Ryan Bader]