Ryan Bader has had just about enough of all the title talk -- like this -- surrounding his UFC Fight Night 28 foe, Glover Teixeira, who has his sights set on Jon Jones with a win tonight (Sept. 4, 2013) in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.
In fact, "Darth" is downright pissed!
The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season eight winner tells ESPN that he sees the championship fight chatter as disrespect in the sense that fight fans are completely overlooking him in his pivotal light heavyweight showdown. Bader intends to end all of the title talk and ruin everyone's plans with a win of his own on FOX Sports 1.
"It pisses me off that everyone is overlooking me. He's talking about a title shot, other people are talking about a title shot. Fans are saying I don't have a chance and how good the fight is going to be between [Teixeira] and Jones. But he has a tough fight ahead of him on Sept. 4 and I'm looking to spoil all their plans. UFC is saying that he gets the next title shot with an impressive win. A lot of people are going to be upset on Sept. 4. I'm going to come out and take everything away from them."
Oh, and that ridiculous 19-fight win streak? Well, "Darth" isn't too impressed, seeing as how Glover's foes during that span haven't exactly been up to snuff when compared to the "brand" of fighter he'll face tonight.
"He's had his long win streak. But he's had this long win streak outside the UFC. If you look at his record, who has he fought? If you look at our past six, seven fights and put them side by side, I've definitely fought much tougher guys. His hype is deserved because he has been winning, he's undefeated in UFC and all that, but he hasn't fought the right brand of people. If he fights the right brand of people he's definitely going to lose, and his night [to face the right brand of opposition] is the night we're fighting."
"Name" opponents aside, Teixeira has proven to be a formidable contender in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 205-pound weight class, dominating his first four challengers including James Te Huna, Fabio Maldonado, Kyle Kingsbury and the aforementioned "Rampage."
While the fact remains that the Brazilian bomber would likely be the frontrunner to receive the next shot at "Bones" (or Alexander Gustafsson) should he get the win in his home country, Bader is determined to do his best to crash the party and ruin UFC's and Teixiera's plans.