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Ryan Bader respects Anthony Johnson, but 'Darth' only interested in Daniel Cormier fight

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Ryan Bader isn't isn't running or hiding from Anthony Johnson, he just wants what's rightfully his: a shot at the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight title.

That's according to David Martin, "Darth's" manager, who recently told FOX Sports that Bader has all the respect in the world for "Rumble," but taking a bout against him simply isn't in the cards because his sights are firmly set on "DC."

Martin explains:

"We have the utmost respect for Anthony Johnson. We think he's a tremendous talent and he's got good representation. If I was advising Anthony, I'd be telling him to do the exact same thing -- call out Ryan Bader. Why? Because that's your fastest track to getting a title shot and that's what these guys are in this sport for to be champion, and title shots don't grow on trees. That's why Ryan wants Daniel Cormier, and our sights are set on nothing but Daniel Cormier. There's still a big unknown out there with Jon Jones, but as we sit here and talk today, he's still suspended by the UFC. Until that changes, Ryan's sights are on Daniel Cormier."

Of course, Daniel Cormier has already revealed that he'd be taking a well-deserved break from fighting following his five-round war against Alexander Gustafsson at UFC 192 (video).

That said, it's safe to assume that once he's ready to get back into the swing of things, Jones will be ready to make his long-awaited return to the cage, and judging be their recent Twitter spat, "Bones" and "DC" are going to pick up right where they left off.

Which will leave Bader out in the cold (again) ... or face-to-face with Johnson.