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Ryan Bader Explains Why Fight With Anthony Johnson Doesn’t Interest Him

Kelsey Mowatt

Ryan Bader

Recently it was reported that Anthony Johnson’s camp is interested in having “Rumble” fight Ryan Bader next, but the latter clearly isn’t sold on the idea.

Bader is coming off an impressive, decision win over Rashad Evans at UFC 192, and afterwards, “Darth” moved into the #3 ranking at 205. Johnson, meanwhile, is sitting in the #1 spot, after he was submitted by by champion Daniel Cormier in May.

Well, recently Bader appeared on “Submission Radio“, and when asked about fighting Johnson next, the powerful wrestler said this (quote via Bloody Elbow.com):

“The whole thing with that, you know, some media ran with that,” Bader said. “He just tweeted something about ‘I never said anything about Bader or whatever, but I will take the fight.’ You know for me, I’m looking at fights that make sense right now. He had his shot. Let me get my shot. Gustafsson just had his shot. Who’s in front of me?”

“We’ll cross that road when Jon Jones’ situation is given out to the public [in regards to] what’s happening,” Bader added, while referring to the fact it remains unclear as to when Jon Jones will fight again. “But as of right now, my mindset is, I’m fighting Daniel Cormier until we hear what happens with Jones. So I don’t know. That’s my mindset right now.”

Fair enough, although, most believe the UFC will move ahead with Cormier-Jones II. So, if that gets booked for early 2016, chances are the promotion will expect Bader to fight in the interim. In that situation, a fight with Johnson certainly makes the most sense. Or, if not Johnson, how about Gustafsson?

Guess we’ll see how everything plays out.

Bader is currently riding a five fight winning streak and also decisioned Phil Davis earlier this year.

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