UFC light-heavyweight Ryan Bader has been left uncertain about his immediate future in the division despite recording a comprehensive victory against former title challenger Rashad Evans.
Bader won the bout via unanimous decision, with all three judges scoring the fight 30-27, to record his fifth consecutive win and his second in a row against a former title challenger.
However, despite his impressive performance and fourth-place ranking, Bader is surprisingly uncertain about his chances of facing champion Daniel Cormier .
"Obviously I do want a title shot. We got Jon Jones back in the picture,” Bader said during the post-event press conference.
“For me, I've got to control the things I can control. That's the fight in front of me; that was Rashad. We'll just see what happens."
Bader’s victory preceded another by Cormier, who defeated Alexander Gustafsson via split decision to record his first title defence.
Cormier won the then-vacant title in May by submitting division rankings leader Anthony Johnson.
Previous champion Jon Jones was stripped of his title and suspended earlier this year after being criminally charged for allegedly committing a hit and run while under the influence of drugs.
Jones has now settled the matter and will not serve any jail time for the offence, meaning that he could be reinstated and either fight for the title or in an eliminator to earn a title shot.