Ryan Bader

TRAINING:  In the morning I usually do some boxing pad work / technique for an hour and then get in some cardio, whether sprints or on the bike. Then it’s back that afternoon for some sparring. We will do some rounds fully padded with headgear, big gloves, etc, then go down to small gloves for some more MMA work. Then we usually get some instruction from our head coach and work on some different things while we do jiu-jitsu.

When and why did you start training for fighting?
I was a two-time Division I All American and a three-time Pac 10 champion in wrestling at Arizona State University.  After graduating I pursued a career in business, I immediately missed competition and the ups and downs of being an athlete. I helped out a friend prepare for a fight and fell in love with the sport. I began training with my wrestling partner and good friend CB Dollaway at Arizona Combat Sports and really enjoyed getting back into the competitive nature. I had my first fight and that just reassured me that this is what I wanted to do.

What titles have you held?  2X Div I All American, 3X Pac 10 Champion, 9-0 pro MMA record.

Do you have any heroes? My parents

What does it mean for you to fight in the UFC? Fighting in the UFC is my ultimate goal. It is the major league of MMA and I have worked hard throughout my amateur wrestling career and my MMA career to get where I am at today. I grew up watching the UFC and couldn’t be happier to have this opportunity with the UFC.

Did you go to college and if so what degree did you earn? I graduated from Arizona State University, with a BS in Justice & Social Inquiry and minor in Business.

What was your job before you started fighting? I was in sales and marketing for a Telecommunication company.

Specific accomplishments in amateur competition? 2X Div I All American, 3X Pac 10 Champion, 2X high school state champion, 2001 Nevada defensive player of the year/football.

Favorite grappling technique: Arm triangle, blast double leg.

Favorite Striking technique: Elbows

•    Three wins by submission, seven by TKO / KO.

•    Has been the three round distance six times.

Fight History

Skill Breakdown
Charts are compiled based on results from all fights.
Total Fights: 9
Record: 15-2-0
Summary: Division I All American Wrestler, Heavy hands
Fighter Info
Nickname: Darth
From: Reno, Nevada USA
Fights Out Of: Tempe, AZ
Age: 28
Height: 6′ 2" ( 187 cm )
Weight: 205 lb ( 93 kg )
College: Arizona State University
Degree: Justice & Social Inquiry


Total Attempted Strikes
39% Successful
Types of Successful Strikes
55% Standing
Striking Defense
The percentage of total strikes avoided


Total Takedowns
43% Successful
Grappling Totals by Type
Takedown Defense
The percentage of total takedowns avoided
Result Fighters Event Str TD Sub Pass Method Replay
Rampage Jackson
UFC® 144: Edgar vs. Henderson

Feb 25, 2012

16 1 0 0 R3Decision – Unanimous
Ryan Bader 55 4 0 4
Ryan Bader
UFC® 139 Live on Pay-Per-View: Shogun vs. Henderson

Nov 19, 2011

6 0 0 0 R1KO/TKO
Jason Brilz 1 0 0 0
Tito Ortiz
UFC® 132: Cruz vs. Faber

Jul 2, 2011

6 0 1 0 R1Submission
Ryan Bader 4 0 0 0
Jon Jones

Feb 5, 2011

20 2 3 2 R2Submission
Ryan Bader 5 0 0 0
Antonio Rogerio Nogueira
UFC® 119: MIR vs CRO COP

Sep 25, 2010

28 0 0 0 R3Decision – Unanimous

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