Outside of folks willing to risk money for a high reward and friends/family/training partners, chances are you’d have a hard time finding someone who is picking UFC light heavyweight Ryan Bader to beat Glover Teixeira when they square off on September 4. Though Teixeira’s status as the overwhelming favorite might irk some individuals, especially with Bader’s past success in the Octagon, the Ultimate Fighter 8 winner has actually embraced the role of underdog and couldn’t be more pleased with the low expectations fans and media members seem to have regarding his performance at UFC Fight Night: Teixeira vs. Bader.
“As the underdog, the pressure is much lower. When the pressure drops, I can develop my full potential,” admitted Bader in a recent interview with TATAME. “When you’re the favorite there is a lot of tension, people expect you to win. But when you’re the underdog there is almost no pressure.”
The 15-3 Bader’s ability to focus purely on preparation could very well pay off come showtime given his punching power and grappling ability. He was last seen securing a submission win over Vladimir Matyushenko, adding to other past victories including those over Vinny Magalhaes, Quinton Jackson, and Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
That being said, the number of predictions pointing to Teixeira winning are hard to argue against. He holds an overall record of 21-2 including success in nineteen consecutive clashes.