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Ryan Bader vs. Anthony Johnson Booked in Main Event of UFC on FOX 18


(God help Bader if he decides to yoga in that outfit while Rumble is in the building.)

As crazy as it may sound to haters like Uproxx’s Jessica Hudnall, Ryan Bader should be looking at a title shot right now. He’s won five straight in a weight class that is nearly impossible to do so in, he’s done so over increasingly impressive competition, and he’s looked more and more well-rounded with each performance. On the heels of a one-sided decision win over returning former champ Rashad Evans, it seemed as if Bader was all but guaranteed to be the man to face the winner of Jon Jones vs. Daniel Cormier (which FYI, will be Jon Jones).

But if there’s one thing we’ve learned about the modern era of the UFC, it’s that Reebok Fight Kits are terrible. If there’s a second thing we’ve learned, it’s that title fights are *never* guaranteed. As such, Bader has once again been passed over and instead booked against his toughest opponent to date…

Last night’s edition of UFC Tonight broke the word that Bader will take on Anthony “Rumble” Johnson in the main event of the UFC’s first FOX card of 2016, which goes down on January 30th at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

After coming up short in his own title bid against Cormier, Johnson bounced back by bouncing Jimi Manuwa‘s head off the canvas repeatedly, scoring a second round knockout and a “Performance of the Night” bonus in the process. Aside from the loss to Cormier, Johnson has been undefeated in some 9 fights dating back to his last stint in the UFC.

If you’re wondering how Bader feels about what should be an unfortunate development for anyone who appreciates having brain cells, well, he’s taking it about as well as one can. (via Fox Sports)

It’s more palatable that it’s Jon Jones coming back and getting it than the whole (Alexander) Gustafsson situation coming off a knockout loss and all that.

For me, it looks like I’ve got to beat all these guys in the top five to get a shot. For me, having a big main event on FOX and fighting Anthony Johnson and he’s ranked No. 1 and that’s where we want to be. Obviously, I wanted to title shot but that’s not happening. The next best thing is this fight.

I’ll give Bader this much: I don’t think I’ve ever heard a fighter call a match with Rumble “the next best” option to *anything*, unless that next best thing was “wearing a Reebok Fight Kit.”

See, I had a plan for that joke all along!! How is it that I get paid so little to do this?!!

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Eddie Alvarez vs. Anthony Pettis (!) & TJ Dillashaw vs. Dominick Cruz (!!) Booked for Fight Night 81

Now, let’s all try not to get too excited about the news we’re about to deliver, because we all know the long and heartbreaking history of one of the competitors involved, but OMG DOMMY CRUZ VS TJ DILLY IS FINALLY GON’ HAPPEN!!!!!!

Actual details after the jump. 

After being cleared to resume training by his doctors earlier this week, Dominick Cruz was immediately booked to take on the man who rose to championship gold in his absence, TJ Dillashaw. The two will determine who is the true bantamweight champion once and for all on January 16th at UFC Fight Night 81 at a location TBD (but potentially the TD Garden in Boston). That’s right, we’re getting possibly the greatest bantamweight matchup of all time…FO FREE.

“The Dominator” has not competed since his shellacking of Takeya Mizugaki back in September of 2014, which itself came following a three year layoff he spent recovering, re-injuring, and re-re-recovering from various ACL, *A*CL, and groin injuries (and lest we forget, ACL injuries as well). Dillashaw, meanwhile, has risen to the top 5 pound-for-pound rankings with his recent destructions of Joe Soto and Renan Barao, the latter of which came in an absolutely brilliant performance at UFC on FOX 16 in July.

As if that news wasn’t great enough, it looks like we’ll be treated to an incredible lightweight matchup at Fight Night 81 as well, in the form of former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis vs. former Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez. On the heels of a title-losing effort against Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC 185, Pettis will look to put himself back in title contention with a win over Alvarez, who is fresh off a decision victory over a slightly juiced-up Gil Melendez at UFC 188.

What a card this will be if all goes according to plan.

(We’ll be sure to let you know when Cruz blows both his knees out in November.)

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Eddie Alvarez vs. Anthony Pettis (!) & TJ Dillashaw vs. Dominick Cruz (!!) Booked for Fight Night 81

Now, let’s all try not to get too excited about the news we’re about to deliver, because we all know the long and heartbreaking history of one of the competitors involved, but OMG DOMMY CRUZ VS TJ DILLY IS FINALLY GON’ HAPPEN!!!!!!

Actual details after the jump. 

After being cleared to resume training by his doctors earlier this week, Dominick Cruz was immediately booked to take on the man who rose to championship gold in his absence, TJ Dillashaw. The two will determine who is the true bantamweight champion once and for all on January 16th at UFC Fight Night 81 at a location TBD (but potentially the TD Garden in Boston). That’s right, we’re getting possibly the greatest bantamweight matchup of all time…FO FREE.

“The Dominator” has not competed since his shellacking of Takeya Mizugaki back in September of 2014, which itself came following a three year layoff he spent recovering, re-injuring, and re-re-recovering from various ACL, *A*CL, and groin injuries (and lest we forget, ACL injuries as well). Dillashaw, meanwhile, has risen to the top 5 pound-for-pound rankings with his recent destructions of Joe Soto and Renan Barao, the latter of which came in an absolutely brilliant performance at UFC on FOX 16 in July.

As if that news wasn’t great enough, it looks like we’ll be treated to an incredible lightweight matchup at Fight Night 81 as well, in the form of former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis vs. former Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez. On the heels of a title-losing effort against Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC 185, Pettis will look to put himself back in title contention with a win over Alvarez, who is fresh off a decision victory over a slightly juiced-up Gil Melendez at UFC 188.

What a card this will be if all goes according to plan.

(We’ll be sure to let you know when Cruz blows both his knees out in November.)

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Eddie Alvarez vs. Anthony Pettis (!) & TJ Dillashaw vs. Dominick Cruz (!!) Booked for Fight Night 81

Now, let’s all try not to get too excited about the news we’re about to deliver, because we all know the long and heartbreaking history of one of the competitors involved, but OMG DOMMY CRUZ VS TJ DILLY IS FINALLY GON’ HAPPEN!!!!!!

Actual details after the jump. 

After being cleared to resume training by his doctors earlier this week, Dominick Cruz was immediately booked to take on the man who rose to championship gold in his absence, TJ Dillashaw. The two will determine who is the true bantamweight champion once and for all on January 16th at UFC Fight Night 81 at a location TBD (but potentially the TD Garden in Boston). That’s right, we’re getting possibly the greatest bantamweight matchup of all time…FO FREE.

“The Dominator” has not competed since his shellacking of Takeya Mizugaki back in September of 2014, which itself came following a three year layoff he spent recovering, re-injuring, and re-re-recovering from various ACL, *A*CL, and groin injuries (and lest we forget, ACL injuries as well). Dillashaw, meanwhile, has risen to the top 5 pound-for-pound rankings with his recent destructions of Joe Soto and Renan Barao, the latter of which came in an absolutely brilliant performance at UFC on FOX 16 in July.

As if that news wasn’t great enough, it looks like we’ll be treated to an incredible lightweight matchup at Fight Night 81 as well, in the form of former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis vs. former Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez. On the heels of a title-losing effort against Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC 185, Pettis will look to put himself back in title contention with a win over Alvarez, who is fresh off a decision victory over a slightly juiced-up Gil Melendez at UFC 188.

What a card this will be if all goes according to plan.

(We’ll be sure to let you know when Cruz blows both his knees out in November.)

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Eddie Alvarez vs. Anthony Pettis (!) & TJ Dillashaw vs. Dominick Cruz (!!) Booked for Fight Night 81

Now, let’s all try not to get too excited about the news we’re about to deliver, because we all know the long and heartbreaking history of one of the competitors involved, but OMG DOMMY CRUZ VS TJ DILLY IS FINALLY GON’ HAPPEN!!!!!!

Actual details after the jump. 

After being cleared to resume training by his doctors earlier this week, Dominick Cruz was immediately booked to take on the man who rose to championship gold in his absence, TJ Dillashaw. The two will determine who is the true bantamweight champion once and for all on January 16th at UFC Fight Night 81 at a location TBD (but potentially the TD Garden in Boston). That’s right, we’re getting possibly the greatest bantamweight matchup of all time…FO FREE.

“The Dominator” has not competed since his shellacking of Takeya Mizugaki back in September of 2014, which itself came following a three year layoff he spent recovering, re-injuring, and re-re-recovering from various ACL, *A*CL, and groin injuries (and lest we forget, ACL injuries as well). Dillashaw, meanwhile, has risen to the top 5 pound-for-pound rankings with his recent destructions of Joe Soto and Renan Barao, the latter of which came in an absolutely brilliant performance at UFC on FOX 16 in July.

As if that news wasn’t great enough, it looks like we’ll be treated to an incredible lightweight matchup at Fight Night 81 as well, in the form of former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis vs. former Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez. On the heels of a title-losing effort against Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC 185, Pettis will look to put himself back in title contention with a win over Alvarez, who is fresh off a decision victory over a slightly juiced-up Gil Melendez at UFC 188.

What a card this will be if all goes according to plan.

(We’ll be sure to let you know when Cruz blows both his knees out in November.)

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Eddie Alvarez vs. Anthony Pettis (!) & TJ Dillashaw vs. Dominick Cruz (!!) Booked for Fight Night 81

Now, let’s all try not to get too excited about the news we’re about to deliver, because we all know the long and heartbreaking history of one of the competitors involved, but OMG DOMMY CRUZ VS TJ DILLY IS FINALLY GON’ HAPPEN!!!!!!

Actual details after the jump. 

After being cleared to resume training by his doctors earlier this week, Dominick Cruz was immediately booked to take on the man who rose to championship gold in his absence, TJ Dillashaw. The two will determine who is the true bantamweight champion once and for all on January 16th at UFC Fight Night 81 at a location TBD (but potentially the TD Garden in Boston). That’s right, we’re getting possibly the greatest bantamweight matchup of all time…FO FREE.

“The Dominator” has not competed since his shellacking of Takeya Mizugaki back in September of 2014, which itself came following a three year layoff he spent recovering, re-injuring, and re-re-recovering from various ACL, *A*CL, and groin injuries (and lest we forget, ACL injuries as well). Dillashaw, meanwhile, has risen to the top 5 pound-for-pound rankings with his recent destructions of Joe Soto and Renan Barao, the latter of which came in an absolutely brilliant performance at UFC on FOX 16 in July.

As if that news wasn’t great enough, it looks like we’ll be treated to an incredible lightweight matchup at Fight Night 81 as well, in the form of former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis vs. former Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez. On the heels of a title-losing effort against Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC 185, Pettis will look to put himself back in title contention with a win over Alvarez, who is fresh off a decision victory over a slightly juiced-up Gil Melendez at UFC 188.

What a card this will be if all goes according to plan.

(We’ll be sure to let you know when Cruz blows both his knees out in November.)

The post Eddie Alvarez vs. Anthony Pettis (!) & TJ Dillashaw vs. Dominick Cruz (!!) Booked for Fight Night 81 appeared first on Cagepotato.

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Eddie Alvarez vs. Anthony Pettis (!) & TJ Dillashaw vs. Dominick Cruz (!!) Booked for Fight Night 81

Now, let’s all try not to get too excited about the news we’re about to deliver, because we all know the long and heartbreaking history of one of the competitors involved, but OMG DOMMY CRUZ VS TJ DILLY IS FINALLY GON’ HAPPEN!!!!!!

Actual details after the jump. 

After being cleared to resume training by his doctors earlier this week, Dominick Cruz was immediately booked to take on the man who rose to championship gold in his absence, TJ Dillashaw. The two will determine who is the true bantamweight champion once and for all on January 16th at UFC Fight Night 81 at a location TBD (but potentially the TD Garden in Boston). That’s right, we’re getting possibly the greatest bantamweight matchup of all time…FO FREE.

“The Dominator” has not competed since his shellacking of Takeya Mizugaki back in September of 2014, which itself came following a three year layoff he spent recovering, re-injuring, and re-re-recovering from various ACL, *A*CL, and groin injuries (and lest we forget, ACL injuries as well). Dillashaw, meanwhile, has risen to the top 5 pound-for-pound rankings with his recent destructions of Joe Soto and Renan Barao, the latter of which came in an absolutely brilliant performance at UFC on FOX 16 in July.

As if that news wasn’t great enough, it looks like we’ll be treated to an incredible lightweight matchup at Fight Night 81 as well, in the form of former UFC lightweight champion Anthony Pettis vs. former Bellator lightweight champion Eddie Alvarez. On the heels of a title-losing effort against Rafael Dos Anjos at UFC 185, Pettis will look to put himself back in title contention with a win over Alvarez, who is fresh off a decision victory over a slightly juiced-up Gil Melendez at UFC 188.

What a card this will be if all goes according to plan.

(We’ll be sure to let you know when Cruz blows both his knees out in November.)

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Demian Maia & Gunnar Nelson Booked for UFC 194

Fans of elite grappling in mixed martial arts rejoice.
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Demian Maia & Gunnar Nelson Booked for UFC 194

Fans of elite grappling in mixed martial arts rejoice.
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Aisling Daly-Ericka Almeida Matchup Booked for UFC Card in Dublin

Irish strawweight Aisling Daly will toe the line against Brazilian upstart Ericka Almeida on Oct. 24 in Dublin at UFC Fight Night “Poirier vs. Duffy.”
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