Following the news that he’ll no longer fighter Daniel Cormier on June 6th, Ryan Bader has made the case why he believes he should be next up for a title shot.
Cormier and Bader were set to fight at UFC FN 68, but after the recent arrest of Jon Jones, “DC” was moved to UFC 187 where he’ll face Anthony Johnson for the vacant 205 title. It remains to be seen what the UFC has in plan for Bader, who has won four straight fights and is currently ranked #5 in the division.
Well, Bader recently spoke to FOX Sports and not surprisingly, the powerful wrestler had some ideas on this subject. While discussing his future, here is some of what “Darth” had to say:
“It makes sense for me to get the next title shot,” Bader said. “The last three fights have been top 10 competition — (Rafael) Feijao, OSP (Ovince Saint-Preux), who has won seven out of his last eight, and then we went in and beat the number 5 guy in Phil Davis.
“Then you have the top five — Rashad (Evans) is out, Gustafsson just got knocked out by the potential champion and Glover (Teixeira), who is on a two fight losing streak and just got dominated by Davis. We need new blood in there. Those guys have all fought for the title, every one of them, and they all lost. I’m deserving to be next in line.”
That’s an interesting way to look at it, and there’s no doubt that Bader versus whoever wins the belt on May 23rd, would be an interesting fight. But will it happen?
Since Bader hasn’t fought since January, and has a fairly recent loss to Teixeira, chances are a title shot isn’t up next. By the time either Cormier or Johnson is ready to defend the belt, it’s probably going to be October or even later. In recent history, the UFC has elected to keep contenders busy, as a means to promote buzz which will carry into a title fight.
So, what about a rematch with “Rampage” Jackson in the interim? Or a fight with the #8 placed Jimi Manuwa?