UFC 160 Adds Light Heavyweight Feature Bout between Glover Teixeira and Ryan Bader

February 20, 2013
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UFC 160 was announced just one week ago, but the fight card is filling up fast.

The latest addition is a light heavyweight contest between two 205-pounders that are trying to bust into the Top 5, Glover Teixeira and Ryan Bader.

UFC officials announced the bout on Tuesday evening.

It took 33-year-old Teixeira (20-2) the better part of his professional career to make his way into the Octagon, but he hasn’t disappointed since arriving.

Teixeira has won 18 consecutive bouts, including his first three in the Octagon. Those three victories in the UFC have marked a steady rise in competition, from Kyle Kingsbury to Fabio Maldonado to Quinton “Rampage” Jackson.

A victory over Bader would put Teixeira in the upper echelon of the division, likely landing him a fight against a Top 5 fighter, and launching his name into title talk.

Bader (15-3) made his way to the Octagon via The Ultimate Fighter franchise, winning Season 8.

He won his first few bouts in the UFC, rocketing to a 12-0 start to his professional career before now-champion Jon Jones handed him his first setback, which was followed up by a surprising loss to UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz.

Bader has since won three of his last four bouts, stumbling only against former UFC champion Lyoto Machida.

Coming off of an impressive first-round submission of veteran Vladimir Matyushenko, a fight that most pundits thought would be a much more difficult affair, Bader can also put his name right back “in the mix” with a win over the skyrocketing Teixeira.

Two heavyweight bouts sit at the top of the UFC 160 fight card planned for May 25 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez puts his belt on the line in a rematch with Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva, while Junior dos Santos and Alistair Overeem square off in a grudge match in the co-main event.

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  • Mancruz

    Bader’s trash even though I think Glover might be over-hyped. They should’ve set up Teixeira/Shogun considering he’s more or less a gatekeeper now.

    • RondaKenPish

      Shogun the gatekeeper…lol.

      I had thought, when Shogun won the UFC belt, that he would remain as the champion until he retires. I never imagine that he would be a middle of the pack guy.

      Shogun’s last three performances stink so badly that I wouldn’t be surprised if guys like Bader or Thiago Silva beat him.

  • Bader is going down.

  • This fight more or less keeps both guys busy. Glover has a lot more to lose. He has many fights under his belt and a loss to Bader will set him back. Bader is still new to the sport but is improving every time.

    • RondaKenPish

      What are you talking about. Glover might have more fights but Bader definitely has more high quality fights.

      Glover just got to the UFC whereas Bader has been in the UFC for the last several years.

      I simply don’t follow the hype behind this guy. He is top 10 by beating a bunch of nobodies and Rampage Jackson?

      I would say this guy is top 10 because the LHW is in need of new blood. People are sick of seeing the same five (Machida, Shogun, Rashad, Hendo, and Rampage). Luckily, we have Alex Gusfasson now. And thank god Rashad lost. Shogun is done. Hendo will be done after he loses to Machida.

      • You don’t follow the hype? Might as well say you don’t respect the guy and what he’s accomplished in his professional fighting career. Everyone at some point has beat “a bunch of nobodies”. But those bunch of nobodies that he beat happen to be full time pro fighters. The guys record is 20-2, have a little respect for the guy. Give the guy a chance.