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Highlights! Watch Ryan Bader cruise to decision win over Rashad Evans at UFC 192 in Houston

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Elite Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) light heavyweight mixed martial arts (MMA) combatants took to the Octagon during the UFC 192 pay-per-view (PPV) co-main event as Ryan Bader threw down with Rashad Evans inside Toyota Center in Houston, Texas last night (Oct. 3, 2015).

"Suga" was returning from a near two-year layoff to reassert himself into the 205-pound title conversation but Bader, a winner of four straight fights, was having none of it. Instead, what we saw was a completely one-sided kickboxing clinic on the part of "Darth."

In usual Evans' fashion, the former NCAA Division I wrestler was tentative and his striking defense left a lot to be desired. With his left arm low, Bader was able to sneak in a right hand and lead uppercut all night.

Evans had no answer.

The 32-year-old Bader was bouncing around the Octagon, varying his strikes between leg and body kicks, or jabs and uppercuts. And he didn't have to contend with much offense from Evans because the latter failed to put together any meaningful combinations, aside from a few good right hands.

In fact, I'm pretty sure he didn't throw one kick in round one.

Heading into round two, there weren't any changes that needed to be made on the part of the Power MMA product Bader. He just couldn't get caught with his back up against the fence and fortunately for him, there weren't too many instances of that.

Instead, Bader took it to the Blackzilians representative early and often, notching a couple of takedowns and a punishing body kick. Unable to do much with them, Evans popped right back up to his feet and that was it.

Evans' inability to put together combinations was really the story of this fight and has been the story in many of his UFC losses.

More of the same occurred in the third frame with Bader continuously battering the body of Evans with kicks, while pumping his jab. In the end, it was Bader being awarded the unanimous decision victory and I'm pretty sure he will be doing battle with either reigning 205-pound champion Daniel Cormier, or if a certain embattled former titleholder were to be reinstated, then possibly two-time title challenger Alexander Gustafsson.

The Arizona-based fighter vaults his record to 20-4, while Evans falls to 19-4-1.

For complete results of the UFC 192: "Cormier vs. Gustafsson" fight card, including live updates and play-by-play, click here and for the co-main event recap click here.