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It’s Really Real: Jon Jones vs. Ryan Bader a Go for UFC 126


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Despite some brief reports to the contrary and recent scenes of the two acting a bit too chummy for a couple of guys about to fight in a cage, Jon Jones and Ryan Bader are now a lock to do battle at UFC 126 in February, the company confirmed on Friday during its “Ultimate Insider” web show. And here you thought the internet was just for scumbags and for-profit axe-grinders trying to further their own agendas.

Confirmation of Jones vs. Bader is good news on a lot of fronts, but especially because (even though no one wants to admit it) the once vaunted light heavyweight division needs some serious help right now. The champ continues to be hampered by his own fragility. Chuck is done. Tito is so done he doesn’t even know it yet. Randy is opting for a soft retirement in order to avoid becoming the next Brett Favre. During the last three years the belt has been passed around like HPV at a barbecue at Whitehead’s. Frankly it ain’t pretty down at light heavy right now. This division desperately needs somebody to come along and put the belt on lockdown and the two guys with the best chance to do that just might be Jonny Bones and Bader. It ain’t gonna be Roger Nog, we know that much.


It’s also good because, well, fans want to see it and because both Jones and Bader sorely need to be tested in the Octagon. The UFC has so far proven incapable or unwilling to put Jones in the cage with anyone who could put so much as a scratch on him and, while less dynamic, Bader has certainly been similarly effective. For either guy to take the jump to “the next level” they need to get by each other. Though honestly – just calling it like I see it here – either of these dudes probably runs through Rampage, FoGriff or Rashad tomorrow if given the chance.

Jones says he’s sick of fighting other wrestlers, but for the time being the UFC remains steadfast in its desire to keep him away from any of the guys mentioned above. Bader seems like an agreeable sort who keeps his opinions to himself and will fight anyone the UFC tells him to fight. In other words, he’s Dana’s kind of guy.

There was a short period of concern that Jones and Bader wouldn’t be able to make their schedules mesh … like, what? They have other stuff to do? Now that it’s signed, sealed and delivered, this fight makes a welcome addition to the UFC’s monster Super Bowl weekend show also expected to feature Anderson Silva vs. Vitor Belfort, Griffin vs. Rich Franklin and Evan Dunham vs. Kenny Florian. That’s a keeper, right there.

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bobroode- October 12, 2011 at 1:33 pm
Wow, this was such a joke of a match, no one can hang with Jones. I was out using my riding snow blower
about 3 minutes into this bout.
itsgalf- October 31, 2010 at 2:07 pm
Jon Jones is an alien from Mars...if you didn't already know
dranokills- October 31, 2010 at 8:07 am
fatbellyfrank Says:
Sun, 10/31/2010 - 06:45

@ Drano, Yo my Bro, raisin a frosty one at ya, Sunday Afternoon down here and I'm enjoyin a few frosty adult beverages, Drano, did you hear about Hector "The Aussie Assasin" retaining his strap friday night, if he could have just locked in the "Crocodile Roll" he wouldda submitted him for sure!!!!
Cheers and Beers Potato warriors
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yes buddy I did hear about that, I finally got to see that, it was a freaking great fight. I really love his nickname and how everything kinda reminds me of Steve-o and it makes me proud but still sad.
Its sunday now for me as well, so I will raise a cool one to that , and to you my friend.
fatbellyfrank- October 30, 2010 at 8:45 pm
@ Drano, Yo my Bro, raisin a frosty one at ya, Sunday Afternoon down here and I'm enjoyin a few frosty adult beverages, Drano, did you hear about Hector "The Aussie Assasin" retaining his strap friday night, if he could have just locked in the "Crocodile Roll" he wouldda submitted him for sure!!!!
Cheers and Beers Potato warriors
fatbellyfrank- October 30, 2010 at 8:41 pm
@ Facebiter, yeah, what Rex said, and I'm pretty sure there's a huge interest on Cain v Dos Santos with the way thats panned out, so why not use that plan again? theres still a few decent matchups at LHW IMO, Jones v Bader could have potentially been a slobberknocker for the belt after seeing what Rua, Rashad, franklin, griffin(except against Jones) could do, hell Bonner v Hamill mid card would spice up any show its on, but the powers that be seem hell bent on throwing these two against each other IMO way to early.
dranokills- October 30, 2010 at 8:05 pm
KarmaAteMyCat Says:
Sat, 10/30/2010 - 23:06

What don't you like about Jones?
How Humble is?
his thirst for competition that doesn't use the same strategy as the past four guys?
Did he beat up one of your Hero's?
I smell hater-aide on your breath sir.
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He is an uncontrolled spaz in the octagon. He has ZERO control, he can't keep himself in check long enough to not do stupid shit like break rules he should know. He has mucho talent but his brain must go 200 MPH.
Its easy to be humble when you haven't been tested, lets wait to pass judgment on that when he gets tested shall we?
oh come on everyone says the same thing, "I want anyone, I want the champ...Im ready for anyone...I want to fight the top guys!" so what? hes pumped, big deal.
lets check his wins, 2 decisions, gusmao, and bonner, in which he elbowed bonner in the back of the head,choked obrien, illegal elbows (yet again) to hammill and lost,beat vera, and then matyushenko.of those fighters I like bonner best, but hes far from my fav. Bones need some real competition, and he will get it in bader. But bones is a uncontrolled fighter who needs to put together a complete fight with being a fuck up in my eyes before I drink that koolaid.
as for what you smell..... :) well all I can say is close your legs.
Canadian Chronic- October 30, 2010 at 7:42 pm


Oi! Oi! Oi!

Jones is gonna kill Bader in this one. Too Bad, I like the kid.

Jones is the man. Next LHW champion, year or so,
Crackity Bones- October 30, 2010 at 5:59 pm
Dana White continues to insist that Jones needs at least a year before he gets a shot at the belt. Which I assume means that Bader is also more than one fight away.
ReX13- October 30, 2010 at 5:45 pm
fACE7biter >> makes sense to me.
fACE7biter- October 30, 2010 at 4:26 pm
This better be a #1 contenders match. The lightheavyweight division is surprisingly barren right now, and the UFC can't afford to have their two hottest prospects fall out of contention. Whoever wins this will definitely establish themself as a contender. With that being said though, seems like it would have made more sense to put Jones and Bader and separate tracks, similar to how Carwin, Velasquez, and dos Santos all have risen to championship contention without derailing each other. Instead of FoGriff and Frankliln fighting each other, they shuold mix and match the two with Jones and Bader, either combo would do just fine.

What the hell happens though if Evans wins the title from Rua? Does Jones move to heavyweight? That would sssssuuuuccckkkk.
Winterblack- October 30, 2010 at 3:28 pm
Do you know why Ryan Bader is a Sith? If he were a Jedi he would be Ryan "Master" Bader...
Mr_Misanthropy- October 30, 2010 at 1:54 pm
Master-Bader-tion is not a crime. Just keep your hands away from your Bones in public.
Mr_Misanthropy- October 30, 2010 at 1:51 pm
^Okay. We'll let you have that.

It is hard to be a bigger douche bag than Tito, especially when you consider the fact that about once a week Tito has to climb up inside that thing and scrape all of the old, stale, crusty semen off with a putty knife. In that sense, he is like the wand of the douche. If he spits on a tough spot to help loosen it up, his face is like an enormous douche-nozzle. In the figurative sense.
Crackity Bones- October 30, 2010 at 1:11 pm
I'm tired of hype backlash. Can we at least agree, as reasonable adults (presumably), that Jon Jones is at least pretty good as a fighter? And that he is at least not as much of a douchebag as Tito Ortiz?
jimbonics- October 30, 2010 at 1:09 pm
Master Bader FTW
KarmaAteMyCat- October 30, 2010 at 1:06 pm
What don't you like about Jones? How Humble is? his thirst for competition that doesn't use the same strategy as the past four guys? Did he beat up one of your Hero's? I smell hater-aide on your breath sir.
dranokills- October 30, 2010 at 1:03 pm
hmmm someones drinking the Bones juice just a little to deeply.
I personally hope bader takes him down and pounds his fucking brains out of his skull, I do not like Jon Jones......I do not like him sam I am!
Denny Slim607- October 30, 2010 at 12:27 pm
Jon Jones is going to walk right through Bader...and at this time I don't see anyone else stopping Jon Jones as he only continues to get better and better.

Maybe his icon Anderson Silva can beat him if he steps up to LHW, but even that would be a fight I would still lean towards Jones in. Shogun better watch out if he manages to defend against Rashad, he better prepare for the ass kicking he will receive from JJ.
KarmaAteMyCat- October 30, 2010 at 12:14 pm
Jones is going to kill bader. It's pretty funny shit I can't wait to see this fight. Fuck it I cant wait for the entire card.

@Rex, I wish I still had my Irish accent. Accents are pimp.

@FBF Dec 4th buddie its coming up I just made weight with four weeks to go.
ReX13- October 30, 2010 at 12:00 pm
MedRare >> Would it make a difference if they said Shogun's knees were fragile? Shogun is definitely awesome, but his awesome fights tend to lead to surgery a lot for those involved.

FatBelly >> haha thanks mate. I hope Lombard stays around a long time, what with his Cuban/Australian accent and his penchant for KTFOs.

In other news, i like this fight a lot. I get the feeling that we can expect at least one rematch between these two in the next two years, as well.
NinjaNerd8- October 30, 2010 at 11:49 am
How hilarious would it be if Bader just LnP'd Jones for 3 rounds.

Troll job of the century.
djp1988- October 30, 2010 at 10:46 am
I been going through elbow-to-face withdrawal. Jonny Bones should remedy that.
fatbellyfrank- October 30, 2010 at 10:40 am
Just in case anyone missed Bellator 34 or forgot to read Rex’s most excellent recap

fatbellyfrank Says:
Sat, 10/30/2010 - 11:02
AUSSIE, AUSSIE, AUSSIE, CRIKEY, stone the flamen crows cobbers our Aussie champion Hector(Crocodile) Lombard has retained his middleweight strap, the Cuban born Australian citizen did more than enough to retain his belt, Shlemenko was game, with a chin of granite, but no way did he outscore Crocodile Lombard over the five rounds.
I also thought Frausto v Fuji could have gone either way, but no real beefs with that decision.
I guess I’m just to happy to complain about anything after watching "Aussie Pride" Lombard retain that strap, and I wanna know where I can get one of those t-shirts he wore after fight with the Aussie and Cuban flags on it
AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE
MediumRare- October 30, 2010 at 10:39 am
Shogun is "fragile?"

As in "easily broken, shattered, or damaged; delicate; brittle; frail: a fragile ceramic container"

And Bader would "run through" Rampage or Rashad right now?

As in "to find no problem handling, traversing or defeating: the raccoon was able to run through Jenna's vagina"

Suggestion: make better use of a thesaurus.
cecils_pupils- October 30, 2010 at 10:38 am
The force is strong with Jon Jones, he will defeat the Sith Lord Darth Bader.
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