UFC 144: Michael Bisping says Ryan Bader will be a 'good win' for Rampage

On Feb. 25, 2012, Quinton Jackson (L) will return to Japan when he takes on fellow light heavyweight Ryan Bader in a fight for divisional legitimacy.

It's always fun to make predictions, especially when those "best guesses" are being made by Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) professional fighters on behalf of their colleagues in combat.

This Saturday (Feb. 25, 2012), Quinton Jackson will return to familiar grounds when he takes on Ryan Bader at UFC 144 in Saitama, Japan.

"Rampage's" former Wolfslair training partner, UFC Middleweight Michael Bisping, spoke to ESPN recently about the upcoming bout. He was asked if he thought Bader was being handed a death sentence in the way of his fight versus Jackson:

"I'd say so. That's a very tough fight for Ryan Bader. Don't get me wrong, Bader's a tough guy and I've got a lot of respect for him, he came back from two tough losses impressively."

Check out what else "The Count" had to say after the jump:

When "Rampage" enters the Octagon at UFC 144, it will mark six years to the very day since the last time he fought in the Saitama Super Arena when he faced Yoon Dong-Sik at PRIDE 31.

He'll be looking to redeem himself from his last performance, when he was submitted by a rear-naked choke by UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon Jones in the fourth round of their match up at UFC 135 on Sept. 24, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.

Maybe a change of scenery will be just what Jackson needs. "Rampage" was a huge fan favorite during his six-year stint in the PRIDE organization in Japan.

Bisping feels this will be just the opportunity his former stablemate needs to get back on track:

"'Rampage' is going to be excited to fight in Japan, he'll be excited to get back to winning ways, that'll be a good win for 'Rampage.'"

Jackson's opponent, Bader, has something in common with him. His name can also be found on Jon Jones' wall of victims, finding himself choked out in the second round of their fight at UFC 126 on Feb. 5, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The loss was the first of Bader's career and was followed by his second when he was choked out again by Tito Ortiz at UFC 132 on July 2, 2011 in "Sin City."

"Darth" was able to get back on the "win wagon" with a very impressive knockout victory over Jason Brilz at UFC 139 on Nov. 19, 2011 in San Jose, Calif.

When push comes to shove, who will keep the positive momentum going?

Do you Maniacs agree with Bisping's analysis? Has Bader been handed a "death sentence," or is "Rampage" in for a tough night?

Opinions, please.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join MMAmania.com

You must be a member of MMAmania.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMAmania.com. You should read them.

Join MMAmania.com

You must be a member of MMAmania.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at MMAmania.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_5349_tracker