INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Bader (27-5 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) added the Bellator heavyweight title alongside his lightweight heavyweight belt at Bellator 214 on Saturday when he scored a brutal 35-second knockout of Fedor Emelianenko (38-6 MMA, 2-2 BMMA) to win the heavyweight grand prix. The fight headlined the Paramount and DAZN-streamed card at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif.
Although simultaneous champions have been more frequent under the UFC banner in recent years, it's the first time it has happened with Bellator. Company president Scott Coker sees the potential for an unprecedented scenario, however, in which Bader is allowed to defend both belts as long as possible
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"That's going to be up to Ryan as long as we "Coker told reporters, including MMAjunkie, post-fight at Bellator 214." If Gegard (Mousasi) – because he told me he wants to move up and Lyoto (Machida ) If you do not have a fight for him, we'll give him a little bit of leeway to say, 'Hey, if you you want to defend the heavyweight, then you can do it. "
" Then he'll go ba ck-and-forth. But I think eventually there will be a bottleneck at some point, and then we will all make a business decision. "
With Bader being a stranglehold on two weight classes with Bellator, he is in a position to look at
At 205 pounds, no clear-cut contender exists. Chael Sonnen called for a shot in the aftermath of Bellator 214, and Coker confirmed the winner of the Bellator 216 bout between former champ Vitaly Minakov (21-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) and Cheick Kongo (29-10-2 MMA, 11-2 BMMA) is next in line with heavyweight
There are some key decisions to be made in the future, but if there's one thing Coker is sure, it's that his champ-champ Bader is among the best fighters in MMA
"He's got to be right up there in the top two or three in my opinion," Coker said. The guy is dangerous. I'm not sure if I'm just imagining, but it looks like he's becoming a better and better striker because the go-to move was always going for the takedown … the 'King Mo' stoppage and this stoppage, he was setting up what he hit him with, and he caught him, and that was it.