"I'd say so. That's a very tough fight for Ryan Bader," Bisping said when asked if the UFC gave Bader a death sentence in his matchup with Jackson.
"Don't get me wrong, Bader's a tough guy and I've got a lot of respect for him, he came back from two tough losses impressively," Bisping said.
Bader knocked out Jason Brilz in the first round at UFC 139 to rebound from successive losses to Jon Jones and Tito Ortiz. The last time Bader fought a UFC veteran it didn't go well for the Ultimate Fighter season eight winner who was choked out by Ortiz at UFC 132.
As Bader prepares for Jackson, a huge experience gap separates the two. Jackson has been floating around the upper echelon of the light heavyweight division since his inception into the UFC and his last bout, an unsuccessful title bid against Jones at UFC 135, tallied 41 fights to his record. Bader holds just 15 bouts with his latest being his KO win over Brilz.
Bisping notes that Jackson's return to his home away from home, Japan, will be extra motivation to perform in front of his favorite crowd.
"Rampage is going to be excited to fight in Japan, he'll be excited to get back to winning ways, that'll be a good win for Rampage," Bisping said.
Bader vs. Jackson is set for the upcoming UFC 144 this weekend, February 26 at the Saitama Super Arena in Saitama, Japan. The event will air live on Saturday, February 25 in North America.