Reigning Bellator light heavyweight champion Ryan Bader pulled off the biggest win of his MMA career last night (Sat., Jan. 26, 2019) at Bellator 214 live on Paramount and DAZN from inside The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., when he put a stop to the legendary Fedor Emelianenko with a 35-second knockout.
As a result, Bader claims the Bellator heavyweight championship and now becomes the only fighter in promotion history to simultaneously hold two titles.
Despite looking a little nervous in the opening moments of the main event, Bader only needed one punch to seal the deal. “Darth” landed a perfectly-timed lead left hook that put Fedor on his back. It was the same left hook Bader used to dispose of Muhammad Lawal in the opening round of Bellator’s Heavyweight Grand Prix tournament. A follow-up right hand gave the referee no other choice but to step in for the quick first-round stoppage.
Check out the memorable finish above courtesy of Bellator.
With this performance, Bader knocks off one of the greatest fighters of all time and now has two world titles wrapped around his waist as proof. Bellator president Scott Coker has already said he’ll allow Bader to defend both titles so we’ll see where “Darth” goes from here.
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