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Exclusive Interview with Ryan Bader: UFC Fighter & MMA Cowboy

Ryan “Darth” Bader talks about his own cowboy lifestyle, fighting career and his upcoming fight with Ovince Saint Preux on UFC Fight Night at 7PM on August 16th

Ryan Bader Collage CLN 2Mixed Martial Artist and (UFC) Ultimate Fighting Championship star, Ryan “Darth” Bader, is one cowboy you don’t want to mess with.

Whether you recognize Ryan Bader from Spike TV’s The Ultimate Fighter: Team Nogueira vs. Team Mir or on UFC’s Xbox 360 and PlayStation video games, you may not have recognized him as a cowboy.
Cowboy Lifestyle Network made their way into Bader’s state-of-the-art MMA and gym facility for an exclusive interview at

UFC 139: Shogun v Henderson

Ryan Bader celebrates defeating Jason Brilz at UFC 139 at HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. (Photo by Josh Hedges/Zuffa LLC/Zuffa LLC via Getty Images)

Bader’s fight history is an impressive one with a 18-4-0 (W-L-D) record. According to, based on results from 15 fights Darth Bader has a 14% submission, 30% striking and 56% takedown rate.

Born into a ranching background in Reno, Nevada, Ryan Bader grew up living the cowboy lifestyle and loving the western way of life.

Bader won two state championships and was ranked amongst the top five in the nation when he attended Robert McQueen High School in Reno, Nevada.

Ryan Bader (via ASU Media Relations)

Ryan Bader (via ASU Media Relations)

After an extremely successful career in amateur wrestling, Bader entered Mixed Martial Arts and moved to Arizona to attend (ASU) Arizona State University with a full ride scholarship studying Justice and Social Inquiry.

During his time at ASU, Bader proved himself to the world time and time again. Including various titles, such as, a 2X Division I All-American in 2004 and 2006 and a 3X Pac-10 Champion in 2003, 2004 and 2006.

Bader-&-Earnhardt-Collage-1It was in college when Bader linked up with UFC’s American Mixed Martial Artist Clarence Byron ‘CB’ Dollaway and current UFC Heavyweight Champion, Cain Velasquez.

While attending ASU, Ryan became friends with Derby Earnhardt of Earnhardt Auto Centers.
Ryan Bader extended his ranching lifestyle and family roots when he married his lovely wife Daisy Bader, of the Earnhardt family.

When it comes to the Earnhardt’s, they are all about family. Certainly, Bader got to know the Earnhardt’s and how amazing their entire family is.

Ryan-Bader-with-Cowboy-Lifestyle-Network-2014As a matter of fact, Ryan and Daisy Bader even started a family of their own with a third baby on the way in less than two and a half years.

CLN feels so privileged to have been introduced to such an amazing family man, athlete, cowboy and genuine person.

Cowboy Lifestyle Network would like to personally thank the Earnhardt family for supporting rodeo and Earnhardt Auto Centers for keeping the cowboy lifestyle alive and well.

Everyone on the Ak-Chin Indian Community, CLN and Earnhardt Auto Road Team is indisputably rooting for Ryan Bader as he matches up against Ovince Saint Preux on UFC Fight Night this Saturday, August 16th airing on Fox Sports 1.

CLN hopes you will join us and root for him too, Click On’ and Hang On’!

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Hello, my name is Aaron Kuhl. I am an Arizona native from Tempe, Arizona. The Western way of life has been rooted in my foundation since day one, with my Mother working for Wrangler Western for over 30+ years growing up. I am proud to have been a part of Cowboy Lifestyle Network since the beginning days of the company after graduating from The University of Arizona. My Faith, Family & Friends are my whole world, and I am very blessed to live the life I live in the land of the free, the United States of America.

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