With three UFC knockout victories stemming from a single punch landed at distance, tied for the second most in UFC light heavyweight history, Ryan Bader is the true definition of a fighter with one-punch knockout power.

So it should be no secret Bader’s favorite weapon is his sledgehammer of a right hand. Relying heavily on this form of attack, the TUF 8 winner has scored six knockdowns inside the octagon, tied for the fifth most in UFC divisional history. While he occasionally throws a hard right cross, he will often set up his opponent with a quick left hook, followed by a powerful overhand right aimed right at the temple of his opponent. Using this method, he has put away fighters such Vinny Magalhães and Jason Brilz.

However, if his initial left hook connects find a home on his opponent’s exposed chin, Bader may not have to follow-up with his vaunted overhand right. Against Keith Jardine, who was reeling from a straight right-flying knee combination, Bader separated the ‘Dean of Mean’ from his senses with a quick left hook against the cage. This is the same punch that sent former IFL champion Vladmir Matyushenko crashing to the canvas.


As an All-American wrestler out of Arizona State University, it should be no surprise Bader’s wrestling skills have carried him in some of the most pivotal moment’s of his career. In fact, Bader’s 30 takedowns landed in UFC light heavyweight competition are the fourth most in divisional history. Combine this with an average of 3.53 takedowns per 15 minutes of fighting — the highest rate among active light heavyweights — and second-highest in UFC divisional history, and it’s safe to assume Bader will be looking to bring the fight to the canvas as often as possible.

Once his opponents are on the canvas, Bader does a tremendous job of maintaining control as he rains down blows from within his opponent’s guard. In his bout against Perosh, Bader controlled 12 minutes of the contest while landing 156 strikes, most of which were from the top position. To put those numbers into perspective, Perosh controlled a grand total of 19 seconds while landing a total of 11 strikes. If they turtle up in hopes of avoiding anymore damage to their head, Bader will unload a barrage of strikes to the side of their head and midsection.


While Bader has never been one to flash his jiu-jitsu skills inside the Octagon, 50-second arm-across guillotine win over Matyushenko at UFC on FOX 6, does stand at the fastest submission victory in modern UFC light heavyweight history.  With this being his only submission win under the UFC banner, there just simply isn’t enough evidence to judge what type of skill level Bader has when it comes to jiu-jitsu as he will often look to end the fight with ground-and-pound instead.

Bader is currently scheduled to take on Phil Davis in the co-main event of UFC on FOX 14 on January 24 at the Tele2 Arena in Stockholm.

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José began his career as a mixed martial arts journalist while still enrolled at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communications at Arizona State University. Since graduating in May 2013, he has attended dozens of high profile UFC fight cards as a credentialed member of the media, providing live cage side coverage through his articles and videos. His work has appeared on, and AZCentral. He is also currently one of the main contributors on Power MMA Show at Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, one of the first all MMA radio shows on a major radio station.