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Ryan Bader explains thought process behind accepting catch-weight fight with “Rampage” Jackson

Ultimate Fighter winner Ryan Bader found himself in an unenviable position last night in Japan when Quinton Jackson, his opponent at UFC 144, stepped on the scale at 211 pounds rather than within the contracted light heavyweight range. Bader, on the cusp of what’s likely the biggest fight of his career, was then forced to decide whether he wanted to face a larger opponent who hadn’t endured the same rigors of cutting weight or cost the card its co-headlining bout.

In the end Bader opted for the former, accepting a catch-weight clash with “Rampage” while also receiving the added bonus of a 20% cut of Jackson’s winnings.

“I’m not going to sit and dwell about it,” explained Bader of his decision in an interview with Fuel TV during their weigh-in special. “I came all the way to Japan, I didn’t come here to question somebody and go home. I came here to fight and to fight ‘Rampage,’ so that’s what we’re gonna do.”

See if Bader made the right call tonight when he fights Jackson on PPV with the broadcast starting at 10:00 PM EST.

Read below for a complete list of UFC 144 weigh-in results:

Tiequan Zhang (146 lbs) vs. Issei Tamura (145 lbs)
Takeya Mizugaki (135 lbs) vs. Chris Cariaso (136 lbs)
Riki Fukuda (185 lbs) vs. Steve Cantwell (185 lbs)
Norifumi “Kid” Yamamoto (136 lbs) vs. Vaughan Lee (135 lbs)
Takanori Gomi (155 lbs) vs. Eiji Mitsuoka (154 lbs)
Anthony Pettis (155 lbs) vs. Joe Lauzon (156 lbs)
Hatsu Hioki (145 lbs) vs. Bart Palaszewski (146 lbs)
Yushin Okami (185 lbs) vs. Tim Boetsch (185 lbs)
Mark Hunt (254 lbs) vs. Cheick Kongo (229 lbs)
Yoshihiro Akiyama (169 lbs) vs. Jake Shields (170 lbs)
Quinton Jackson (211 lbs) vs. Ryan Bader (205 lbs)
Frankie Edgar (154 lbs) vs. Benson Henderson (154 lbs)

PHOTO CREDIT – UFC

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