HOUSTON -- Ryan Bader is a more patient, mature fighter than he used to be.
And while that might not make him the most exciting fighter on the UFC roster these days, it's sure made him effective.
Bader got the best of a returning Rashad Evans on Saturday night, using a crisp and effective jab to shut down the former UFC light heavyweight champion.
The judges' scores were 30-27 across the board in UFC 192's co-main event at Toyota Center. It was Bader's fifth straight win, all by way of decision.
Evans, a notoriously slow starter, looked especially tentative in the opening round. He had been out of competition since defeating Chael Sonnen at UFC 167 and was making his first appearance in nearly two years.
Bader established his jab early and often, landing it effectively and using it to shut down Evans, who never seemed to find his range.
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Evans threw his patented overhand right on several occasions and just missed. By the middle of the fight, Evans' right eye was swollen shut, hampering his ability to judge distance. Evans was on the defensive for most of the final round, as Bader continued to to pick his spots, land the jab, and call on his wrestling when needed as he finished the job.
"I'm happy," Bader said. "I've made up my mind I'm coming in here to be the best."