Bader landed a powerful right 1:17 into the first round, and Brilz fell straight to the ground. The punch landed behind Brilz's ear, making it a similar knockout as Junior dos Santos used to win the heavyweight championship last week.
"I put a lot of pressure on myself," Bader said after the fight. "I trained hard and I trained with the best. I had great coaches and we worked hard and I think it showed out there tonight. I felt comfortable. I really felt everything came together for me and I pulled out the win."
This win gives Bader a good ending to a disastrous 2011. He started the year as a possible title contender at light heavyweight, but was submitted with a guillotine by Jon Jones in a title eliminator in February. In July, Tito Ortiz beat him with a guillotine. Bader had to pull out a win, and that's exactly what he did. He is now 13-2, while Brilz is 18-5-1.
- Ryan Bader
- Jason Brilz