If there were ever a blueprint for UFC success, winning The Ultimate Fighter would seem like it should be a part of it.
A fast-paced reality competition featuring some of the most promising fighters in the world battling for a UFC contract under the tutelage of some of the sport's top stars, TUF is watched by millions and should ostensibly set each season's winner up for a bright future in the organization.
But after crowning 22 champions in 15 seasons, The Ultimate Fighter has hardly emerged as a fast track to future greatness which is something of a credit to the competitiveness of UFC as a whole and many past winners have struggled to build off the show's momentum, finding their TUF title to be their crowning achievement in UFC.
Ryan Bader, who trains in Gilbert, is out to prove he won't go down as one of those fighters.
A TUF Season 8 champ, Bader has seen his share of ups and downs during the course of eight fights since winning the show in 2008. And as the former Arizona...