Ryan Bader may be on the mend, but his return to action is beginning to come into focus.
The light heavyweight powerhouse is coming off a three-round drubbing of Anthony Perosh back in December where he battered the "Aussie" for the entirety of the 15-minute affair. While he picked up his ninth win under the UFC banner, the victory had some bittersweet elements as he broke his right hand in the process.
In the immediate aftermath of the fight, the former Arizona State University wrestling standout had surgery to correct the issue, which included two metal rods being inserted into the hand to stabilize the break. Now, with his hand nearly healed, the 30-year-old Power MMA fighter is eager to get back into the gym and start his next stage of rehabilitation.
"I have these pins in my hand and I'm going a little crazy, but I'm doing what I can do," Bader told Bleacher Report. "They are coming out next Friday so that will be a good start. I can't sweat right now because I pretty much have an open wound right now. That could easily get infected and go right to the bone, which would be some bad stuff. I get them taken out next week and I can at least get back to doing some cardio to get things moving back toward my return. I'm excited for that.