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Bader Calls Ortiz Bout a ‘Novelty Fight,’ Says He Took It Because He’s ‘An MMA Fan’

(At that moment, Bader’s whole life flashed before his eyes, and the part about fighting Tito Ortiz at UFC 132 made him say, “No way, you gotta be shittin’ me!”)

Guess you have to give Ryan Bader partial credit for admitting to MMA Weekly on Friday that one of the reasons he wanted to fight Tito Ortiz was to erase from his mind the nightmarish memories of his UFC 126 fight with Jon Jones. On the other hand, we have to kinda call disingenuousness (aka bullshit) on the way Bader sort of tries to make it sound like this bout just fell into his lap (as we recall, he specifically called Ortiz out) and saying that he took the fight because he’s “an MMA fan” who just wanted to take on a legend. Check it out:

“Although it’s a step down in competition from Jon Jones and (Antonio Rogerio) Nogueira, I got a chance fight a guy like Tito, a legend of the sport, and we took it,” Bader said. “It’s almost like a novelty fight for me going in there and (fighting) a guy I grew up watching. I’m a fan and a fighter. I want to be a part of his legacy and vice versa. I want to have Tito Ortiz in my win column.”

Not to come off as overly cynical (Who? Us?), but we believe we’re already on record with our suspicion that a 27-year-old stud prospect who just saw his momentum freeze-tagged by his first career loss and now suddenly wants to fight a 36-year-old dinosaur who hasn’t notched a win in almost five years might have a bit more sinister motives than all that. If so, Bader ain’t showing his hand.

“I want to go out there and put on a great show and just erase the (Jones) fight from everyone’s memory,” Bader said. “I wanted to fight one of those guys like (Randy) Couture or Chuck Liddell or Tito because I’m an MMA fan.”

Nah, it’s cuz he needs a win. And for the record, nobody puts on “a great show” when they fight Ortiz. Usually they slog to a unanimous decision in a sloppy punching-based snoozer that everyone has already forgotten by the start of the main event. But good on Bader for admitting that one of the reasons he wants this fight is because he doesn’t want people to remember him as the guy who looked like he all but gave up after two rounds in the cage with Jones.

“After the (Jones) fight, honestly, it sucked,” Bader said.. “For a week straight, I kept on thinking about what I could have done and what I should have done and all that and it eats at you.”

Hey, don’t beat yourself up. It’s not your fault, Ryan. There’s nothing you could’ve done.


  1. BigShig Says:

    Fri, 04/22/11 - 04:27

    I heard Tito is coming in 100% for this fight though.
  2. KidDinomite Says:

    Fri, 04/22/11 - 04:31

    HA!!!!! Then when Tito loses, we'll get a laundry list of things that're wrong with him and things that went wrong in training. I'm encouraging everyone who attends the event to sing goodbye once Tito loses. He'll probably go apeshit!!
  3. RwilsonR Says:

    Fri, 04/22/11 - 04:32

    Can't wait to see Ortiz get his ass handed to him. Don't blame Bader one bit for taking this fight. And it isn't like he is a guy who has dodged tough competition. Let him beat Tito into a giant bloody bobblehead, then he'll take another cintended.
  4. BigShig Says:

    Fri, 04/22/11 - 04:38

    Don't call it a comeback...he has been here for years.
  5. SethF Says:

    Fri, 04/22/11 - 04:43

    A half-assed admission of guilt is still far more than Tito will ever give for calling out post-retirement Chuck Liddell and Mark Coleman
  6. djp1988 Says:

    Fri, 04/22/11 - 05:34

    Don't worry Potato Nation, Doc Brown and his DeLorean are going to take Bader back to 2000. That way this fight won't be a total fucking joke.
  7. munche Says:

    Fri, 04/22/11 - 05:53

    Posts on CP seem a lot more catty lately. Dundas, less snark more wit. Snowden is already the Perez Hilton of MMA
  8. just some dong Says:

    Fri, 04/22/11 - 06:08

    As fun as it is to bag on Tito, it would be kind of sweet if he just went out there and starched Bader in the first 30.
  9. GistoftheFist Says:

    Fri, 04/22/11 - 08:26

    I hope Bader sticks his foot so far up Tito's ass that he'll wear Tito's lower intestines for pantyhose.
  10. skeletor Says:

    Fri, 04/22/11 - 09:26

    I actually hope Tito wins. I like the guy or at least feel some compassion towards him. He's like a lost little retarded kid you can't help but root for. In all seriousness either way you look at it he manages to keep the fights somewhat competitive against pretty relevant competition.
  11. DARKHORSE06 Says:

    Sat, 04/23/11 - 12:00

    You guys might think I'm crazy for saying this but heaven help me I hope Ortiz kicks Bader's pretty ass all over the cage.
  12. Koeikan Says:

    Sat, 04/23/11 - 12:33

    Not so sure about that title based off of that quote. Has CP become a tabloid site?
  13. eviltwin Says:

    Sat, 04/23/11 - 03:49

    Next is tito, then I'm coming after you, Tank Abbott!! Just because I'm such a fan of the sport. What a joke. He is a douche especially for acting like the fight was presented to him out of the blue. It is as if Bader fell off the horse and decided to get back on a pony. Can't wait for his next loss.
  14. SnackDaddy Says:

    Sat, 04/23/11 - 10:09

    I'm with darkhorse on this. I was never a Bader fan. Guy plays the self righteous card too often.
  15. jimbonics Says:

    Sat, 04/23/11 - 10:30

    Hey Master Bader, thanks for making me root for Ortiz, you fucking douche.
  16. Under Banga Says:

    Sun, 04/24/11 - 07:52

    haha just responding to the first comment on the page tito ortiz allways says he is coming in to the fight 100% but after he eneds up gettin he"s ass handed to him he starts to come up with reasons y he lost the fight and that he wasnt him self he was"nt one hundred ;percent so even if he does come into this fight at 100 percent he"s going to once again lose the fight and say diffrent
  17. snakey Says:

    Sun, 04/24/11 - 11:07

    This doesn't make sense for Ortiz and does nothing for Bader. On paper it should be pretty dull. Ortiz hasn't evolved his game and if his takedown fails, Bader should finish him by round 2. Bader/Machida and Couture/Ortiz would have made more sense. These guys are legends but should not be given opportunities like this off the back of losses(to credible opponents - no offence Brandon). Bring on a UFC legends GP...
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