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Ryan Bader Says UFC Has a Shallow Light Heavyweight Division

January 21, 2019 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
Ryan Bader

MMAjunkie reports that Bellator MMA fighter Ryan Bader spoke about his upcoming fight against Fedor Emelianenko ahead of their heavyweight tournament final set for Bellator 214. Bader also critiqued the UFC light heavyweight division. Below are some highlights.

Ryan Bader on his previous fight with Lyoto Machida in the UFC: “Not a good highlight for me when they’re showing me rushing in and getting knocked out. I had no idea what the hell I was doing back then, striking wise. I can’t even remember how many years (ago) that was, but I would definitely like to get that back. It’s a big fight, and I’m looking to get into these big fights. I have one in front of me here. We’ll see where we go from here, but that’s a fight I want.”

Ryan Bader on wanting to defend two belts with a win over Fedor: “In the beginning, I said I wanted to defend both belts. I’ve got to win both belts first. It’s got to make sense for me, and I’ve got to be incentivized to fight big old boys all the time. So we’ll deal with Bellator and go from there.”

His thoughts on UFC’s light heavyweight division: “I don’t feel the UFC’s light heavyweight division is very deep at all. There’s a handful of guys they keep regurgitating to fight for the belt. There’s not too many to pull from there. Yeah, there’s always guys out there floating around, but I haven’t really thought about it too much. Bellator is doing a great job attracting these high-level guys, and that’s going to come with just a little bit of time. The word’s getting out we’re treated well over here. To be able to have this (Bellator heavyweight) grand prix, and we saw Darrion Caldwell fight in Japan, and so that’s attractive to us.”

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