Ryan Bader went the distance and topped Ovince St. Preux in the main event at UFC Fight Night 47 in Bangor, ME on Saturday evening.
Bader controlled the bout with the use of his clinches and takedowns on the way to a unanimous decision with scores of 48-47, 49-46 and 49-46.
Bader scored the first significant move of the fight, taking down St. Preux a minute into the contest. Bader then landed a number of short strikes on the ground before his opponent was able to return to his feet. Bader later scored another takedown, finishing off the opening round in top position.
St. Preux fought with his hands down, taunting Bader in the second round by wiggling his tongue in his opponent's direction. He later stunned Bader with a looping left, which led to a takedown attempt that St. Preux stopped. Moments before the end of the round, Bader secured a takedown, adding a few short strikes on the ground thereafter.
The two threw looping punches each time one of them closed the distance. Bader, however, continued put St. Preux on his back nearly every time they clinched. St. Preux struggled to gain control as Bader held body clinches.
In the fourth round, St. Preux began to tire, leaving his arms down at his side after each strike he threw. Bader capitalized, securing takedowns and outscoring his opponent in total strikes through 20 minutes of fighting.
St. Preux gained some momentum in the final round, scoring a takedown, and later landing consecutive elbows while Bader worked to secure a single-leg. Bader recovered and ran out the time by shooting in for double-leg takedowns until time expired.
With the win in Maine, Bader improves his record to 18-4 and is on a three-fight win streak, while St. Preux loses his first fight since coming to the UFC from Strikeforce.
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