As long as there are big, bad dudes like Anthony “Rumble” Johnson and Jon Jones in the UFC, then we’ve probably seen Ryan Bader go as high as he can go in the organization’s light-heavyweight division. Which is fine, not everyone should be champion.
But it also means that being a bigger fish in a smaller pond might be appealing to Bader. All of which is to say the TUF winner might be going to Bellator soon.
As per MMAFighting:
The 33-year old Bader is in deep talks with Bellator to become the latest free agent to defect from the UFC. He fought his contract out against Antonio Rogerio Nogueira back in November, and recently met with Bellator officials to work out a deal. Should he sign a contract, the UFC will have the right to match the offer.
Either way, the fourth-ranked UFC fighter says he’s in a “great position right now.”
“I have a Bellator offer coming either today or tomorrow,” he said on Monday during an appearance on The MMA Hour. “We kind of know the particulars. I went out and met with Scott Coker and the Bellator boys and I liked what they had to say, and I liked what they were about. So we’re going through that process. That being said, the UFC has the right to match. It’s kind of in a weird place. I’m super-excited to be in this position. I’m in a great position.”