Ryan Bader vs. Anthony Johnson Headlines UFC on FOX New Jersey

Written by Tom Ngo
November 4th, 2015

UFC Ryan Bader

It’s not exactly the fight Ryan Bader (pictured) was hoping for, but he’s getting it anyways. On Wednesday, it was announced Bader will headline UFC on FOX New Jersey opposite former light heavyweight top contender Anthony Johnson.

The announcement was made on today’s edition of “UFC Tonight.”

Bader has rattled off five straight wins and was hoping October’s unanimous decision over former champion Rashad Evans was good enough to secure next dibs at the throne. Despite his beef with current champ Daniel Cormier, the UFC appears to be headed towards handing Jon Jones an immediate title shot after stripping Jones of his belt following April’s felony hit-and-run arrest.

It is believed Bader would earn top contender status with a victory over Johnson.

Johnson, meanwhile, bounced back nicely from losing to Corimer for Jones’ vacated strap by knocking out Jimi Manuwa in September. “Rumble” has won 10 of his last 11 bouts and remains one of the division’s most dangerous opponents.

The January 30 event will take place in Newark, likely inside Prudential Center.

Here is the card’s current lineup:

Jimy Hetes vs. Charles Rosa

Nina Ansaroff vs. Justine Kish

Filipe Olivieri vs. Tony Martin

Alexander Yankovlev vs. George Sullivan

Joaquin Silva vs. Oliver Aubin-Mercer

Tarec Saffiedine vs. Jake Ellenberger

Anthony Johnson vs. Ryan Bader

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