|Weight Class||Light Heavyweight (205 lbs.)|
|Height||6' 2" (188 cm)|
|Reach||74.0 in (188 cm)|
|Birth Date||May 7, 1983|
|Fighting Out Of||Scottsdale, Arizona|
|Ryan Bader Pictures||Official Website|
Ryan DuWayne Bader is a American professional mixed martial artist who competes as a Light Heavyweight. He was a cast member of SpikeTV's The Ultimate Fighter 8: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir. On December 13, 2008, Bader defeated Vinny Magalhaes to win a contract with the UFC and the title of The Ultimate Fighter's light heavyweight championship.
His nickname, Darth Bader, is a reference to Darth Vader.
 Professional Record
|Record||15 - 3 - 0 (Win – Loss – Draw)|
|Win||Vladimir Matyushenko||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||UFC on FOX 6: Johnson vs. Dodson||1/26/2013||1||0:50||Won Submission of the Night|
|Loss||Lyoto Machida||KO (Punches)||UFC on FOX 4: Shogun vs. Vera||8/4/2012||2||1:32|
|Win||Quinton Jackson||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 144: Edgar vs. Henderson||2/25/2012||3||5:00|
|Win||Jason Brilz||KO (Punch)||UFC 139: Shogun vs. Henderson||11/19/2011||1||1:17|
|Loss||Tito Ortiz||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||UFC 132: Cruz vs. Faber 2||7/02/2011||1||1:56|
|Loss||Jon Jones||Submission (Guillotine Choke)||UFC 126: Silva vs. Belfort||2/5/2011||2||4:20|
|Win||Antonio Rogerio Nogueira||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 119: Mir vs. Cro Cop||9/25/2010||3||5:00|
|Win||Keith Jardine||KO (Punch)||UFC 110: Nogueira vs. Velasquez||2/21/2010||3||2:10|
|Win||Eric Schafer||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun||10/24/2009||3||5:00|
|Win||Carmelo Marrero||Decision (Unanimous)||UFC Fight Night 18: Condit vs. Kampmann||4/01/2009||3||5:00|
|Win||Vinny Magalhaes||TKO (Punches)||The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale||12/13/2008||1||2:18||UFC debut; Won TUF 8 Light Heavyweight Contest|
|Win||Buckley Acosta||Submission (Arm Triangle Choke)||XCC 6: Western Threat||4/05/2008||1||0:47|
|Win||Brad Peterson||Decision (Unanimous)||IFO: Fireworks in the Cage IV||12/28/2007||3||5:00|
|Win||Ulysses Cortez||KO||SE: Vale Tudo||10/27/2007||1||N/A|
|Win||Dicky Chavez||TKO||KOTC: Unstoppable||9/15/2007||1||0:41|
|Win||Team Peacock||TKO||WFC: Rumble in the Red Rocks||6/09/2007||2||2:50|
|Win||David Baggett||Submission (Choke)||PG 1: Proving Grounds 1||5/12/2007||1||N/A|
|Win||Dave Covello||Submission (Strikes)||WFC: Desert Storm||3/31/2007||1||2:21|
Ryan "Darth" Bader entered Mixed Martial Arts after a successful career in amateur wrestling. As a high school wrestler, he won two State Championships, being ranked as high as 4th in the Country for Wrestling. After high school, Ryan went on to wrestle at Arizona State University. While at ASU, Ryan was a three-time PAC 10 Champion and two-time D-1 All-American. His 120 wins ranks him 8th on the all-time wins list for ASU. Bader was college teammates with current UFC competitors Cain Velasquez and C.B. Dollaway.
Bader began training MMA under trainers Todd Lally and Trevor Lally. He began training at Arizona Combat Sports in early 2007 and is currently undefeated in his young MMA career. Ryan fought six times in 2007, all of them victories. Ryan's training partners include TUF 7 contender and UFC middleweight C.B. Dollaway, All-American Wrestler Aaron Simpson, UFC middleweight contender Thales Leites, and WEC Lightweight Champion Jamie Varner.
 Mixed Martial Arts Career
 The Ultimate Fighter
Bader was a Light Heavyweight contestant on The Ultimate Fighter 8: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir. Bader was the first Light Heavyweight selected by Coach Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira.
On episode two, Bader submitted Kyle Kingsbury with an arm triangle choke. He would go on to the quarterfinals, where he would knock out Tom Lawlor in the first round. In his third and final fight on the show, Bader scored a three round unanimous decision victory over Eliot Marshall. His win over Marshall put him in place to be on The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale against Team Mir's Vinicius Magalhaes.
 UFC Career
Ryan Bader's UFC debut took place at The Ultimate Fighter 8 Finale against Team Mir's Vinicius Magalhaes, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt. Bader defeated Magalhaes via TKO (Punches) in the first round, earning the title of "The Ultimate Fighter" and winning a six-figure UFC contract.
Ryan Bader returned at UFC Fight Night 18, facing off against Carmelo Marrero and ended up winning the fight by unanimous decision (30–27, 30–27, 30–27). During the match, Bader tore his medial collateral ligament and posterior cruciate ligament. He will be recuperating from the injury for three to six months.
Finally returning to action after the injury, Bader faced Eric Schafer on October 24, 2009 at UFC 104: Machida vs. Shogun, this time earning another win by unanimous decision. The bout was featured live on SpikeTV, before the PPV.
Bader would be taking a step up in competition at UFC 110: Nogueira vs. Velasquez, where he faced off against the always game, unorthodox striker Keith Jardine, who was then on a two-fight slide, and had only gone 2-4 in his last six bouts. Jardine showed ample takedown defense, and "The Dean of Mean" began to find his striking range with greater frequency as Bader began to tire. Then, in a flash, Bader showed once again that he's not simply a wrestling ace, for at the halfway point of the third round in a fight that appeared painfully difficult to score, Bader tagged Jardine with a quick right hand. Jardine stumbled briefly, and Bader attacked with a flying knee that missed the mark for Bader, as did a right hand. But a left hook scored directly to Jardine's chin, and the Greg Jackson product went down in a heap. Referee Josh Rosenthal stopped the fight immediately 2:10 into the final frame.
After winning his most high-profile fight to date, it was learned that Bader, along with team-mates CB Dollaway and Aaron Simpson left Arizona Combat Sports. The reasoning at the time was unkonwn, but former team-mate Jamie Varner had this to say:
- "I've been at AZ combat for 6 years now this gym builds fighters from the ground up! None of those guys would be where they are with out there training partners and the Lallys! Some douche bags like to talk shit but our gym is battle tested and proven! When Riggs left he started losing and got cut from the UFC. When Fickett got kicked out he started losing and got kicked out of the UFC! I’m very interested to see what happens with those guys I wish them nothing but the best in there careers, but they made a HUGE mistake!"
In the end it was learned that the trio left Arizona Combat Sports because they felt they had learned all they could, and had moved to Lion's Den in Scottsdale, Arizona, and would be opening their own place in the near future.
His first fight since leaving Arizona Combat Sports took place at UFC 119: Mir vs. Cro Cop on September 25, 2010 against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, in the event's co-main event. Nogueira successfully fended off several takedown attempts in their three-round affair, but the Brazilian didn't enjoy quite the advantage on the feet that many MMA observers predicted. Nogueira often appeared hesitant to unleash more than single power shots, perhaps hesitant to allow Bader to drop under the punches and take the fight to the floor. Unfortunately for Nogueira, Bader still found those openings. In the end, Bader won a Decision (Unanimous), with scores of 30-27 on all three cards.
 Ranks and Titles
- 2X Div I All American
- 3X Pac 10 Champion
- The Ultimate Fighter 8 Light heavyweight Winner