Ryan Bader bounced back from his KO loss to Anthony "Rumble" Johnson with a highlight reel KO victory over Ilir Latifi Saturday at UFC Fight Night Hamburg.
Bader was rocked early and seemed to struggle against Latifi, but came back with a sensational knee KO over Latifi, knocking him cold.
Bader, a former NCAA Division 1 wrestling champion, seemed to pull the knee out of nowhere to end the fight. Bader was on the verge of a title shot before he fell victim to Johnson's right hand. This victory, however, puts Bader back in the mix, particularly with the UFC No. 1 contender spot wide open.
Although Johnson may seem to be in line for a rematch against UFC light heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier, UFC President Dana White said he may book Johnson vs. Jones if Jones' is able to fight in the new year. That could open up a title shot for Bader, who was passed up for the shot by Johnson a year ago.
Although Bader was rattled early, he survived and finished Latifi.