Originally written on MMA Manifesto  |  Last updated 11/18/14

Ryan Bader


6'2" 205 lbs (Light Heavyweight)
74" reach, Orthodox
June 7, 1983


14-2 (UFC: 7-2)

Current Streak

2 straight wins


Two-time NCAA D1 All-American in wrestling

Championships Held

The Ultimate Fighter 8 champion


- high level wrestler
- very physically strong
- knockout power in his hands
- able to pick up and slam opponents
- extremely good at passing guard on the ground
- strong ground and pound
- one of the best at avoiding strikes in UFC history
- good at landing kicks
- aggressive fighter


- not a very complete fighter (wrestling & power is pretty much it)
- very inaccurate striker
- surprisingly poor success rate for takedowns & takedown defense
- susceptible to submissions
- no real submission skills of his own
- despite his extensive UFC experience, he's still a work in progress
- questionable chin


Ryan Bader was on a rocket to the top of the light heavyweight division before Jon Jones stopped him cold.  Does he still have what it takes to be a top dog in the weight class?

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