Coming off a win over Rashad Evans at UFC 192, Ryan Bader has one thing in mind. A title shot.
However, the UFC can be tricky to say the least when it comes to who receives title shots and who does not. There are a lot of perfect examples of that. Just look at UFC 192, Alexander Gustafsson was coming off the worst loss of his career coming into UFC 192 and got a title shot.
Bader wants a title shot, but with Jon Jones most likely returning to the sport of MMA to potential regain his UFC light heavyweight title, things could not go Bader’s way.
“Obviously, I want a title shot,” Bader said. “We’ve got Jon Jones back in the picture, so I’m going to control the things that I can control, and that’s the fight in front of me; that’s Rashad. We’ll see what happens.”
“I’m here to fight,” he said. “If Jon Jones comes back, and he’s fighting Cormier, I have some people on my mind that I’d like to fight. I’d like to get my last loss back with Glover (Teixeira), so that’s one fight I’d like to get back.”
Ryan Bader (20-4) is currently on a five-fight winning streak. In his last six bouts, he’s 5-1.
Bader understands that there are other guys in the division that could get a title shot, which is very possible. Bader has come into his own and only started beating top contenders in the division as of late. However, Bader realizes that Jon Jones could cost him a title shot, which he wants and needs badly.
“Obviously I’d like a title shot and a fight with Cormier,” Bader said. “We’ll see what happens with the Jon Jones situation.”
Who do you think should receive a title shot next? Has Bader done enough to get a title shot or should Jon Jones step in and fight for a belt he once held. Let us know in the comment area below.