UFC Quick Quote: Eric Schafer ready for a stress-free night against Ryan Bader

Red Schafer

"I'm definitely more experienced than he is in striking. I've been training striking since '96; probably since he was in junior high school. This may be the first guy I might not be able to take down, so I might have to show (my striking) a lot more than you normally see it. Definitely my biggest edge is that he won the reality show but he's only had one UFC fight after that. So he's really 1-0 in the UFC. He's never been in there with a big name yet and never had those big fights, and I had to learn that myself. I'm working my striking a lot more and my defensive Jiu-Jitsu off my back. I'll let him decide where it goes. I'm working my wrestling a lot less offensively, because again, he's an All-American wrestler, so I don't want to waste all my energy trying to take him down. So it should be a lot more fun and a lot less stress."

-- Eric Schafer sounds off to BSN Online about his pending 205-pound battle against Ultimate Fighter (TUF) star Ryan Bader at UFC 104 from the Staples Center in Los Angeles on October 26. "Ravishing Red" has quietly strung together four straight wins after going belly up in back-to-back showings against Stephan Bonnar and Michael Bisping. Will he continue to rise through the ranks of light heavyweight? Or will he fall victim to another TUF champ at the hands of "Darth?"

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