Bader: ‘It Made Sense to Bet on Myself’

Ryan Bader has decided forgo immediately signing an extension to his UFC contract, and will instead to join the ever-growing group of fighters testing the waters on the free agent market.

The Season 8 winner of The Ultimate Fighter is set for his 19th fight in the Octagon later this month. After that, the 33-year-old will attempt to use his position to gain bigger opportunities within the MMA market.

“It’s one of those things where I said ‘why not,’” Bader told MMAFighting. “I see myself fighting in the UFC, but it’s one of those things where it made sense for us to fight it out; bet on yourself.”

“That’s the beauty about being a free agent; it’s on the table,” Bader said. “I love fighting in the UFC, but you never know. They made me an offer, but it was anything substantially crazy. This is my 18th, 19th fight in the UFC so let’s kinda have a little more leverage and go from there. “

Bader is set to face Antonio Rogerio Nogueira at UFC Fight Night 100 on November 19. This is a rematch of their 2010 fight where Bader won by decision.

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