• UFC 144

Rampage a death sentence for tough Bader - Bisping

ESPN staff
February 20, 2012

Michael Bisping believes Ryan Bader will be picking on the wrong guy at the wrong time when he fights Rampage Jackson at UFC 144 this week.

Jackson returns to his favoured country for fighting when he heads to Japan for Saturday's light-heavyweight battle. The former UFC champion made his name fighting under the Pride banner, and still remembers the fans in extremely fond light to this day.

As a result, it is expected that Jackson will want to put on a show for the fans when he takes on Bader, who arrives off the back of a knockout win over Jason Brilz.

Both men possess huge power in their hands, while both men are also powerful wrestlers in very different ways. However, Bisping - talking to ESPN when the fight was made - predicted Bader had drawn the short straw.

Asked if Bader had been granted a death sentence by the UFC, Bisping replied: "I'd say so. That's a very tough fight for Ryan Bader.

"Don't get me wrong, Bader's a tough guy and I've got a lot of respect for him, he came back from two tough losses impressively.

"But Rampage is going to be excited to fight in Japan, he'll be excited to get back to winning ways, that'll be a good win for Rampage."

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