"I'm a lot different fighter than I was when I lost to Jones and Tito," Bader said. "I changed everything up. I got a bunch of new coaches. I got a head coach who is running everything now at Power MMA. It's been going great, and we're all better for it. I feel like I'm starting my MMA career (again) on a different level."
Game planning is a necessity against Machida, Bader said, who had been one of the toughest puzzles to figure out in UFC history before he lost his title to Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and had subsequent losses to Quinton "Rampage" Jackson and Jones.
But Bader said his new training regime, which has improved his card thanks to the new coaching staff, makes this a winnable fight for him, despite Machida being a more than 3-to-1 favorite.
"I'm training right, I'm smarter. We're actually game planning for these guys," Bader said about this next fight, plus recent wins over Jackson and Jason Brilz. "Guys like Lyoto, you can't just go in there with a real loose game plan kind of just winging it like I used to. All the pieces of of the puzzle are in place now for me."
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