Ryan Bader had the option of saying no to his fight against Rampage Jackson. Instead, the former Ultimate Fighter winner agreed to meet Quinton "Rampage" Jackson in the co-main event of UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson.
Quinton weighed in at 211 pounds, five pounds over the limit for the UFC's light heavyweight division. Bader will receive 20 percent of Jackson's purse due to the missed weight.
"I'm not going to sit and dwell about it," said Bader, in an interview with FUEL TV after the weigh-in special. "I came all the way to Japan, I didn't come here to question somebody and go home. I came here to fight and to fight 'Rampage,' so that's what we're gonna do."
Bader also said that he talked it over with his team following the news of Jackson's missed weight, but he never really thought about not meeting the former UFC light heavyweight champion. Bader had knockout victory over Jason Brilz that ended a two fight losing streak.
"You question, did he really take it that seriously?" Bader said. "I'll look back and see if he ever missed weight before. I don't know if he has. But it kind of puts that in my mind. I want this. Does he?"