The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) 8 light heavyweight winner Ryan Bader (9-0) announced today via Twitter.com that he will return to action against ground specialist Eric Schafer (11-3-2) at UFC 104, which is scheduled for the Staples Center in Los Angeles, Calif., on Oct. 24.
It will mark the first fight for "Darth" Bader — who is an accomplished collegiate wrestler from Arizona State University (ASU) — since he injured the MCL and PCL in his knee during a unanimous decision win over Carmelo Marrero at UFC Fight Night 18 back in April.
"Red" — who is now quietly enjoying a four-fight win streak — blasted Antonio Mendes en route to a first round technical knockout win in his most recent appearance at UFC UFC 93: "Franklin vs. Henderson" earlier this year. He now has three wins in five UFC fights under his Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, which he will more than likely look to leverage against the Arizona Combat Sports product on fight night.
UFC 104 currently features a light heavyweight title fight between newly-minted champion Lyoto "The Dragon" Machida in his first title defense against 2005 Pride FC Middleweight Grand Prix winner Mauricio "Shogun" Rua. In addition, top heavyweight prospects Cain Velaquez and Shane Carwin are expected to hook up their ham hocks in a potential number one contender eliminator match in the co main event.
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