Ryan Bader has never looked better than he did on Saturday night in Chicago. On the preliminary portion of UFC on Fox 6, the Ultimate Fighter winner met veteran fighter Vladimir Matyushenko in a record-breaking performance.
After sending "The Janitor" crashing down with a right hand, Bader latched on to the head and arm of his opponent and began squeezing in a modified guillotine choke that was as aesthetically peculiar as it was effective.
Matyushenko was forced to tap out for the first time in his 33-fight career only 50 seconds into the first round.
The victory for Bader marked the fastest submission in the history of the UFC light heavyweight division.
After the fight Bader made it clear who he would like to face in his next contest (via UFC).
I was honored to fight Tito Ortiz and Rampage Jackson, guys I idolized coming up before I was in the UFC. I’d love to fight another legend in Shogun Rua. I think we’d have a great fight and to share the Octagon with him would be an honor.
Rua is a former UFC champion who has seemingly been allergic to momentum since joining the UFC in 2007. The PRIDE superstar holds a UFC record of 5-5 and is coming off of a December loss to kickboxer Alexander Gustafsson.
This would mark the fourth time that Bader gets into the cage with a former UFC champion. Aside from the fights he mentioned against Tito Ortiz and Rampage Jackson, Bader also tangled with Lyoto Machida at UFC on Fox 4 last year. "Darth" was knocked out in the second round of that contest.