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Costly Victory for Bader

Written by Tom Ngo
April 2nd, 2009
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Despite a unanimous decision victory, it wasn’t the best of nights for TUF 8 winner Ryan Bader. It appears as though he may have blown out his knee in the 1stRound of his uneventful win over Carmelo Marrero.

“The doctor said I blew my MCL out and maybe the ACL. Hopefully not. It was in the first (round),” Bader said after the fight. “One of the first takedowns, I was passing from half-guard trying to pass to side control and I just heard my knee pop, which isn’t a big deal because they pop every once in a while.

“I stood back up and I felt that it was really, really loose. It didn’t really do too much as far as impeding me in the fight or anything like that, but it was starting to swell up a little bit. Hopefully the ACL is fine. I don’t really want to deal with that.”

Bader won’t receive official results on his knee until he returns back home to Arizona, however the physicians on site believed that he did indeed tear both his ACL and MCL, which could require the light heavyweight to go under the knife and fight through an extensive rehab.

If that’s the case, Bader didn’t go out on a good note, as fans inside the Sommet Center in Nashville, Tennessee rained down boos throughout his contest. Much of it had to do with the Arizona Combat fighter’s superior wrestling control that wasn’t accompanied with enough G’nP.

It gave off the appearance of an old fashioned L’nP.

“It did upset me,” Bader said of the fans’ response. “Obviously you don’t like to be booed. I was kind of disappointed in myself a little bit from that kind of aspect. But what can you do? I was out there giving it my all at that time, so I couldn’t really do anything else about it.”

However, he knows that it wasn’t his best performance and there is definite room for improvement.

“I didn’t feel like I fought to my potential,” Bader stated. “I felt tired out there a little bit, maybe some nerves of being in my first big UFC fight besides The Ultimate Fighter house and that kind of thing.”

The good news is that he not only won a unanimous decision last night at UFC Fight Night 18, he swept 30-27 with all three judges. A convincing win over an MMA veteran like Marrero is a good spring board. The bad news is we may not see Bader again for quite some time.

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