Ryan Bader back in winner’s circle after demolition of Anthony Perosh

Ryan Bader of the USA punches Anthony Perosh
Ryan Bader dominated Anthony Perosh en route to a unanimous decision victory.
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Mike Chiappetta

Mike Chiappetta has documented the fast-growing sport of mixed martial arts since 2006 for news organizations including SB Nation, NBCSports.com, FIGHT! Magazine, AOL and ESPN. He appears regularly as an analyst on countless television shows and radio programs, including CBS Radio and MMA Beat. Follow him on Twitter.


Brisbane, Australia

When Anthony Perosh found out the UFC was coming to his home country, he made a plea to UFC brass, asking to fight Ryan Bader. As fight requests go, it wasn’t exactly Georges St-Pierre asking to fight Matt Hughes, in either magnitude or execution.

Perosh spent most of the night in a defensive shell, trying to survive the onslaught of Bader. He was successful in surviving, but not much else, as Bader mauled and mangled him on the way to a lopsided unanimous decision.

The judges scored the UFC Fight Night: Hunt vs. Bigfoot main card bout 30-27, 30-27, 30-26.

“He’s freakin’ tough,” Bader said after out-landing Perosh by a ridiculous 103-6 overall.

Every round had a similar theme, with Bader dominating once it went to the ground.

He started off with a dominant first, out-landing Perosh 29-2 with nearly all of those power strikes. Early on in the round, Bader scored with an uppercut that hurt Perosh, and he kept the momentum throughout the entire round, scoring with rights and lefts against the fence. By the end of the round, Perosh was cut from the forehead.

It was more of the same in the second, as Bader scored a takedown just 40 seconds into the round and kept the top position for the rest of the way, hammering Perosh with elbows and rights and everything else at his disposal. Perosh, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt, was never able to threaten from the bottom.

Bader (15-5) came closest to finishing in the third, coming with several barrages that had Perosh in trouble and bleeding from multiple cuts. The tough Aussie hung on, if just barely. Afterward, Bader said he hurt one of his hands early in the fight.

Perosh, who was coming off a 14-second knockout of Vinny Magalhaes, is now 14-8.

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