Ryan Bader Discusses His Preparation For Tonight’s Fight With Glover Teixeira
Posted by Larry Csonka on 09.04.2013
He’s not happy that Glover is looking past him…
- Ryan Bader recently spoke about tonight's fight against Glover Teixeira. Here are the highlights…
On Having to travel While in Camp: "I don't really like to travel much in camp. I like to keep a routine and all that. But it was actually pretty good because I got to go down to Brazil and see what the flight was like. Then I got to go to the fights in Rio de Janeiro, so I got to also see what the crowd was like, see what kind of chants they'll be throwing my way and all of that stuff. Then we actually went to Belo Horizonte, so overall it was good. It sucks to leave when you're in training camp, but there were also some positives to it, too."
On Brazilian MMA Fans: "It wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be," Bader said. "They're just passionate about MMA, passionate about the UFC. Obviously, they're going to be rooting and chanting for their hometown guy and against me and the other Americans, but it's actually all in fun. I got to meet a bunch of the fans there, and everybody was really cool and polite and just passionate about MMA. Overall, it was a good experience."
On The Crowd Influencing Judging: "You just hope a judge or a referee doesn't take the crowd into account because it could be a time where I'm working for a takedown or against the cage, and they're going to boo no matter what I'm doing," Bader said. "Sometimes the crowd gets going, and it seems to influence the referee. Or vice versa: He could be doing the same thing that I'm doing, but he gets time because they're cheering."
On Teixeira Looking past Him: "It does piss me off that he's talking about fighting Jon Jones, or all the fans are talking about the matchup for his title shot and totally overlooking me," Bader said. "It does piss em off when they're doing that. He's got a tough fight ahead of him, and I plan on going out there and upsetting the UFC's plans and his plans. It gives you a little extra motivation. It's going to be a rough night for him."