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Anthony Johnson: Ryan Bader needs to beat Top 3-ranked opponent before asking for UFC title shot

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Despite an impressive five-fight win streak, a much-desired title fight has somehow eluded light heavyweight contender Ryan Bader.

So why have Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) matchmakers continued to crush Bader’s championship dreams?

As Anthony Johnson sees it, it’s simply because “Darth” doesn’t have enough quality wins to speak of. As “Rumble” told FOX Sports, Ryan — or any other fighter — needs a win over a top-three foe to warrant a shot at the division strap.

“I respect Bader. He’s on a five-fight win streak and I came into the UFC on a three-fight win streak and I got a title shot by my fourth fight, so I understand where he’s coming from. He feels like he should be the next in line for a title shot, but at the same time, I think you have to beat somebody in the top three to say something like that. I fought Alexander (Gustafsson) and he was No. 2 and I beat him to make sure I was legit to be a title contender. I feel everybody should go that route.”

A title fight could be in Bader’s future after this Saturday (Jan., 30, 2016).

That’s because a win over the aforementioned Johnson at UFC on FOX 18 in Newark, New Jersey, will not only give him his sixth straight, but also earn him a win over the No. 2 ranked fighter at 205 pounds. Which — according to “Rumble” — should finally be enough for an invitation to the big dance.

The big boss seems to agree.

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