Ryan Bader Finds Success With Going Back to His Strength in Wrestling

August 17, 2014
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Ryan Bader UFC 144Ryan Bader extended his win streak to three with his victory over Ovince St. Preux on Saturday night in Bangor, Maine.

The win, Bader said, was one he earned through going back to his bread-and-butter wrestling style. By revisiting his foundation, the onetime The Ultimate Fighter winner is using what he knows best to climb the ranks of the 205-pound division.

SEE ALSO: Ryan Bader vs. Ovince St. Preux Fight Highlights

“I just felt a little flat on my feet at the beginning, and I had to rely a lot on my wrestling,” Bader said, following the win at UFC Fight Night Bangor. “(St. Preux) was long and lanky and kept a good distance, so I had to improvise a little bit and get it done another way.”

Bader utilized the body clinch to control the lesser experienced St.Preux for a large part of the 25-minute fight. St. Preux found himself on his back more often than he would like, and Bader pulled out the unanimous decision in the end.

A former Division 1 wrestler at Arizona State University, Bader said he stepped away from his go-to technique in recent fights and chose to trade strikes with guys. This plan provided undesirable results, he said, admitting that his previous losses came when he decided to engage in stand-up wars.

Going forward, one can expect Bader to stick to what he knows best in order to stay successful.

“For a while there I kind of got away from it a little bit,” Bader revealed. “If you look at all my losses, they’re when I try to go out there and exclusively kickbox with guys, like Glover (Teixeira), (Lyoto) Machida, Jon Jones — those kind of fights. I need to mix everything up. That’s my strength is wrestling. I need to mix that up with my boxing and everything else. (I need to) keep that in my game. I’ve been doing that the last couple of fights and I’ve been successful.”

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  • Caminelli

    Great takedowns but rather stagnant with the ground n pound. Well earned victory

    • deepgrim

      Yep bader will take a lot of flake for this performance but he did want he needed to do to get the win. He wasn’t finding his range and osp was using his reach well. Some people seem to think that bader should have stood and striked with him and lost the fight. Bader needed that win more than osp who will have learned that his conditioning needs to improve for the top 10

  • TheCerealKiller

    I wanna see Rashad/Bader…. it’s time!

  • Guest

    ASU keeps pumping out great wrestlers. He stuck to what he knows best and kept his focus on the end game.

  • Guest

    ASU keeps pumping out great wrestlers. He stuck to what he knows best and kept his focus on the end game. If his striking improves as well as his ground-n-pound, he can put more wins on his resume.

  • Lemmy

    Bader and St. Preux both looked terrible last night. They both deserve to drop in the overall rankings. Wrestle and hump does not impress.

  • Lemmy

    Remember, this is “Ultimate Fighting” not “Control Wrestling”. A big yawner.

  • Jason Tracey

    Even Shogun wouldve destroyed both these fools

    • TheCerealKiller

      Shogun is a washed up crap rag.

      • Jason Tracey

        and still would’ve beat both these bums

        • TheCerealKiller

          He’s welcome to earn a shot at either. As of right now, he’s unranked.

          • Jason Tracey

            really? I thought he was like 9th in the ufc lhw division. Well who should these guys fight next ,,,manuwa?

          • TheCerealKiller

            UFC rankings are not real. MMA Weekly updates theirs about every 10 months. There are multiple sites that don’t have him ranked.

            Do me a favor and name his last quality win over a top ranked guy? I’m sure your answer win be Machida.

          • Jason Tracey

            woah easy champ, I was just saying I thought he was ranked and then just asked your opinion on who should fight who. lets not get sidetracked. but if were discussing validity of opponents, Id ask the same question about bader and osp.

          • TheCerealKiller

            Shogun is 6-7 in the UFC. That would be considered a bum. I just can’t stand people that think PRIDE was a legit promotion.

          • Manuel Lopez

            Bader has fought the best. You want a list?

          • james j

            Shogun was never the same when he stopped juicing

    • Manuel Lopez

      Why are they ‘fools’? They went 5 hard fought rounds and Bader worked hard to get that win. He took shots, kicks to the body, the head, was taken down and reversed and he even got busted open. I respect that. And both guys fought through fatigue and though it was not pretty it was a legit fight. What kind of mma fans are out there now days?! Btw Shogun is a fan favorite yeah but he doesn’t fight smart. He’s a car wreck at the end of all his fights and hence he’s not much of a competitor now days.

  • james j

    Bader will be the next champ at light heavy weight

  • brad king

    good showing for the master! He continues to improve, as OSP ran into a freight train rolling through maine