"I am ready to strike with him if need be. I am still not a great striker, but I feel more than comfortable trading with Bader .... I train at one of the best gyms in the country, Duke Roufus Academy. Duke is one of the best striking coaches in the country, plus he has hired some other great coaches like Scott Cushman, Aaron Bridges, Jason Kazmierczak, Omar Choudhury and Rob Smith. Great striking, BJJ, and wrestling. We have many WEC and UFC guys come in through the gym when they are getting ready for fights. The training here is top notch. We have 4 guys training for UFC 104 here, so I consider us right up there with (the top) gyms."
– Eric Schafer sounds off to Heavy.com 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 24. "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?"