INGLEWOOD, Calif. – Ryan Bader may be the first two-division simultaneous MMA champion to have a realistic chance of defending both titles.
Bader (27-5 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) added the Bellator Heavyweight Title on Saturday at Bellator 214 alongside his light heavyweight when he sustained a brutal 35-second knockout by Fedor Emelianenko (38-6 MMA, 2-2 BMMA) Win the Grand Prix in Heavyweight. The battle led the Paramount and DAZN streaming card in the Forum in Inglewood, California.
Although Simultaneous Champions have appeared more often under the UFC banner in recent years, this is the first time they have happened to Bellator. Company president Scott Coker sees the potential for an unprecedented scenario in which Bader can defend both straps as long as possible.
"That will be left to Ryan for so long The lightweight heavyweight (Cover Picture) does not have to be pinched, "Coker told reporters, including MMAjunkie, after Bellator 214 after the fight." If Gegard (Mousasi) – because he told me he wants to move up and Lyoto (Machida) Maybe At some point you would like to go upstairs and fight 205 against Bader. As long as those fights do not run down the street, we give him a little leeway to say, "Hey, if you want to defend the heavyweight, then you can do it. "
" Then he will go back and forth. But I think someday there will be a bottleneck, and then we will all make a business decision.
After clinching a stranglehold on Bellator in two weight classes, Bader is able to see multiple position options for his next fight.
There is no clear candidate for 205 pounds. Chael Sonnen called for a shot at Bellator 214 and Coker confirmed the winner of the Bellator 216 is between former champion Vitaly Minakov (21-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) and Cheick Kongo (29-10-2 MMA, 11-2 BMMA) the next in the heavyweight division.
There are some important decisions that need to be made, but if Coker is sure, then his champion champion Bader is one of the best fighters in the MMA
"He must be in the top two in my opinion or three (pound for pound), "said Coker. The guy is dangerous. I'm not even sure I can imagine it, but it seems he's becoming an ever better striker because the move was always for the takedown … the & # 39; King Mo & # 39; Standstill and that stoppage, I think I realized what he was beating him, and he caught it and that was it. These guys are big, strong men, and a blow is over.
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