Ryan Bader is IN IT TO WIN IT!
"Darth" was left stranded earlier this week when Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) pulled him from the UFC Fight Night 68 card in New Orleans, thanks to a field promotion for his opponent, Daniel Cormier, one that resulted in a 205-pound title shot.
Waiting for "DC" will be Anthony Johnson, who was in need of a challenger when Jon Jones fought the law (and the law won). They'll do the light heavyweight deed in the UFC 187 pay-per-view (PPV) main event on May 23, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
And the best-case scenario, according to Bader (via MMA Fighting), has "Darth" facing the winner.
"I'm in this sport to win a championship, so if we can go to the UFC and talk to Joe Silva or Dana and say, 'hey, we get the winner,' then I'm going to fight the winner of AJ and DC. That's a best-case scenario. We'll see in the next couple of days what else, what else happens."
After Glover Teixeira knocked his block off in late 2013, Bader (19-4) roared back to capture four straight, spoiling the rise of Ovince St. Preux and sending Phil Davis to Bellator. The only knock on "Darth" is that he hasn't had a finish since strangling Vladdy Matyushenko at UFC on FOX 6.
Is Bader championship material ... or not until he exorcises his demons against Teixeira? The Brazilian, as luck would have it, just so happens to need a date for the big dance.
What say you?