Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweights Ryan Bader and Anthony Perosh faced off on the main card of last night's (Dec. 6, 2013) UFC Fight Night 33 event from Brisbane Entertainment Centre in Queensland, Australia.
Bader was in serious need of a win after losing a slugfest to Glover Teixeira in the main event of UFC Fight Night 28 in early September. He lost two of his previous three via knockout and was dangerously close to losing his relevancy.
Perosh is an extremely talented grappler who was fighting in front of his homeland fans. He had the opportunity to score a huge upset against "Darth" in Brisbane. However, things didn't exactly turn out that way as Bader turned in a one-sided beating.
Let's take a look back at how Bader got the job done in Brisbane.
The fight began with Perosh landing a good right hand. But the success was short lived as Bader unleashed a series of shots that looked to have Perosh reeling. "Hippo" recovered only to eat a massive uppercut near the fence.
Perosh was hurt but never stopped fighting. Bader grounded him and scored with elbows and punches. Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt Perosh couldn't get anything working on the ground and he paid for it. Perosh got back up to his feet but Bader took him down again. Bader smothered Perosh with elbows and a leaping strike to bloody him in a dominant first round.
Perosh was surprisingly fresh to start the second round, snapping a kick. Bader quickly took the fight to the mat to control the action. Bader worked on Perosh with discipline, never getting in much danger of a submission. Perosh was tiring fast and neutralized. Blood rained down his face from repeated elbows. It was another lopsided round for Bader but Perosh persevered.
The third round kicked off fast as "Hippo" rushed forward only to eat a big left hook. Perosh hit the canvas and absorbed more elbows. Bader took his back and ragdolled him, smashing him with a series of strikes. The Octagon turned into a sea of red as Bader continued the assault. "Darth" mounted Perosh for a brief moment and closed the fight out with even more huge punches to take home the unanimous decision win.
Bader got a much-needed win with an impressive performance. Perosh wasn't quite up to the level of Bader's usual competition, but "Darth" had gotten knocked out against the best of the best in recent years. A dominant win against a mid-tier opponent like Perosh is exactly what he needed to regain some lost confidence.
He'll most likely get an opponent that's on the outside of the top 10. Bader declared that he hurt his right hand early on in the fight, which impaired his power quite significantly. He adjusted well with his elbows and looked absolutely impervious to the submission skills of Perosh.
"Hippo" will have to return to the drawing board after having no answer for Bader's powerful top control and ground striking. He'll receive a noted step down in competition. He was lacking in offense but never gave up in the midst of extreme violence.
That's something that will keep him employed in UFC.
Perosh still has the grappling sills to submit a decent amount of light heavyweights, but his chances to prove it may be running out if he loses his next fight.
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Ryan Bader got back on track against a resilient Anthony Perosh in "Hippo's" homeland. What's next for the powerful but inconsistent "Darth?"