For the first time in UFC history, two winners of The Ultimate Fighter reality series on Spike TV will square off for a UFC championship. Forrest Griffin won the inaugural season of the show and defeated Quinton “Rampage” Jackson to capture the UFC light heavyweight title, while Rashad Evans won season two of the show. Now they will face each other on Dec. 27 at UFC 92 in Las Vegas.
Ryan Bader won the light heavyweight division of the most recent edition of The Ultimate Fighter, the show’s eighth season. On a recent episode of MMAWeekly Radio, The Ultimate Fighter gave his thoughts on the UFC 92 title bout, the first ever “All Ultimate Fighter” championship if you will.
“It’s hard to say. I think if Rashad uses his wrestling, he could definitely, probably win a decision,” said Bader. “If he tries to stand the whole time, I think Forrest is just going to stay on the outside and pick him apart a little bit and also win a decision.
“Rashad is coming off his knockout of Chuck (Liddell) and he’s pretty confident in his hands. I think Forrest is going to nitpick at him the whole time, but if Rashad goes back and takes him down at least once a round, I think he can definitely win,” Bader continued. “So it’s going to be hard, but I’m going to say, I’m actually going to say Rashad is going to take the belt.
“It’s a scary thing when a wrestler has boxing.”
Now there’s an overly committed pick that makes you want to go out and bet the house.