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.
“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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