Ryan Bader returns to the cage after getting utterly smashed by Anthony “Rumble” Johnson. Ilir Latifi is just Ilir Latifi, a beloved cult figure who evokes memories of a young Sean Connery. And now they’re fighting.

Bader clinches and tries to throw his opponent down, and Latifi counters by shucking him off and swinging for the fences. That put’s Bader on red alert, so he keeps his hands up and ratchets up the strikes mixed with takedown attempts. This recipe enables him to land a decent kick to the body, but it doesn’t stop Latifi from throwing some hellacious leather. In the last ten seconds Latifi clips Bader and send him to the canvas. He quickly recovers though, and finishes the round upright.

Round 2 opens with them doing their thing – Bader mixing strikes with takedown attempts, Latifi firing off wild punches. Then comes a perfectly-timed knee from Bader as Latifi is ducking down, and BOOM. Knockout city.


Results: Ryan Bader def. Ilir Latifi via KO (Knee) at 2:06, R2