I was expecting more out of Bader tonight. However, Bader badly overestimated his abilities, and it cost him a chance at the title.
Bader talked about the leaps and bounds his boxing made when he switched to a new coach. And he wasn't lying. The old Bader who was happy to rush in and land a big right would have been quickly defeated by Machida.
However, Bader's instincts and impatience got the better of him, and he went for an ill-advised wide swing against Machida. Machida countered, and Bader was instantly out.
It's OK for Bader to try using his hands against a great striker, but it is important to always be willing to fall back on his other strengths. Machida is not at all easy to take down, but he is harder to outstrike.
Bader should have realized that he was fighting a losing battle on the feet earlier than he did, and should have pursued more takedowns.
Bader is good, and is clearly a top-10 light heavyweight. However, he needs to both work on his striking and his ability to cover the distance to land strikes or secure takedowns. Machida fights from almost the same range that Jones does, and there's no way Bader could deal with Jones' distance if he couldn't at all deal with Machida's.