Although Ryan Bader campaigned really hard to get a fight with newly crowned champ Daniel Cormier, the light-heavyweight says he didn’t dwell on the fact he was passed over.
Bader and Cormier were scheduled to fight earlier this year, but after Jon Jones was arrested, “DC” was tapped to fight Anthony Johnson for the vacant belt. Cormier went on to win the title, and most people thought he’d be booked to fight Bader. Not only has the latter won won four straight, but Bader and Cormier have kickstarted quite a nice rivalry.
Well, the UFC had different plans, and the champ will fight Alexander Gustafsson on October 2nd, the same night Bader will take on Rashad Evans.
Bader recently appeared on MMA Junkie.com Radio, and when asked about getting passed over for a title shot, the powerful wrestler stated (quote via MMA Junkie.com):
“You know, I’m not one to kind of dwell and cry about it,” Bader said. “I got over it pretty quickly when I learned I had a fight and I was fighting a name like Rashad. It does suck to have the last two guys get title shots off a loss. But if I look at it on the positive side going into this fight, win or lose I still have a shot at getting a title shot.”
Bader, of course, is referring to the fact that Gustafsson was stopped by Johnson in his last outing. Cormier, on the other hand, was signed to fight “Rumble” in May, even though he was decisioned by Jones in January. Two losses-two title shots.
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