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post #11 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-09-2011, 09:32 AM
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I think that Bader could be good, he just got run over by the hype train and hadn't had any REAL bad tests before then. A fight against Bonnar or Griffin would be awesome and could either fighter re-establish themselves for a possible title run. Maybe Franklin too? But as much as I love Franklin I think that Bader would maul him.

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like i said before Bader lost the fight before he even stepped into the cage. A low tier fighter would have given a better fight than what Bader did that night.
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How about Bader vs Gustafsson? I would like to see Gustafsson have another shot at a wrestler, and I think it would be a winnable fight for both fighters.

I guess it would be a tough "bounce back" fight for Bader tho.

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that depends how quickly "they" want him to bounce back though. If they want him to rise quickly they'll give him somebody easy but if they're trying to test him it'd be great IMO.

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post #15 of 17 (permalink) Old 03-09-2011, 05:19 PM
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sure bader, sure...sorry man, tough fighter but hes not top 5 and will take him a long time before he is

he has overrated wrestling, no striking, no bjj and his conditioning isnt very good..i mean...come on...i called it before the fight that he wasnt anywhere near JBJs level

problem is UFC was hyping him too much, not his fault, he might become a monster someday...but as of right now he just has a lot to improve on still...he is a top 10 LHW though..in the UFC at least
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I would love to see Bonnar just outstrike or submitt Bader. I love Bonnar, but he's to use his Jitz more in fights, even though his striking and steel Jaw make him one of the more exciting fighters to watch.
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I have never been impressed with Bader.

I DO think he is UFC caliber, but I don't think he can hang with the top 5, or even top 8 of the division. He might be able to hang in there with fading stars of the golden age like Griffin, Franklin, Hamill, Tito, Lil' Nog, Bonnar & Matyushenko, but he will get demolished by any LHW contender.

People were so blown away by Bader during his season on the Ultimate Fighter, which was one of the most limited talent pools of all the seasons we've ever seen. Like I said, I think Bader is UFC caliber, and it was evident on the show that the majority of the other contestants were not as much.

I think that if Bader wants to improve his game, he needs to switch camps. He's looked the same in every one of his fights, and has made no significant improvement in really any facet of him game. He relies on his sloppy, but powerful standup and the threat his wrestling. He needs to develop more tools, and round out his game.
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