Top-ranked UFC light heavyweight Ryan Bader was looking to prove he truly deserved a title shot by earning his sixth straight win over Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson in the main event of tonight’s (Saturday, January 30, 2015) UFC on FOX 18 from the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, but as ‘Darth’ found out, there’s power, and then there’s ‘Rumble’ power.
After his UFC 187 loss to current champion Daniel Cormier, Bader and his Power MMA head coach Aaron Simpson believed that Johnson was susceptible to wrestling and a quitter. They tested that theory early on in the bout, but it turned out to work against them in destructive fashion.
Thanks in no small part to heavyweight grappling coach Neil Melanson, ‘Rumble’ easily sprawled Bader’s takedown to turn the tables in the mount, flattening his opponent out and finishing ‘Darth’ with a vicious slew of heavy punches to earn the knockout victory at 1:26 of the first round. Check out the full fight video highlights of ‘Rumble’s’ latest KO win here: