Ryan Bader

Bellator 273 pre-event facts: Can Benson Henderson snap career-worst skid?

Bellator kicks off its 2022 schedule on Saturday with Bellator 273, which takes place at Footprint Center in Phoenix, Ariz., with a main card that airs on Showtime following prelims streamed on MMA Junkie. A heavyweight championship unification fight is featured in the main event. Reigning divisional kingpin Ryan...

Scott Coker: Ryan Bader-Valentin Moldavsky title fight is speed vs. power, bull vs. matador

" It hasn’t been smooth sledding for Ryan Bader the past couple years. Bader lost Bellator’s light heavyweight title in August 2021 when he was knocked out by Vadim Nemkov. It left the former two-division champion with just the heavyweight belt. After a win over Lyoto Machida in the...

Bellator 268 faceoff video highlights: Grand prix semifinalists get final chance to size up

Gallery Photos: Bellator 268 ceremonial weigh-ins and faceoffs view 53 images PHOENIX – The table is set for Saturday’s Bellator 268 event after the conclusion of ceremonial weigh-ins. Hours after the athletes officially weighed in on Friday morning, the ceremonial session took place where the 11 scheduled matchups had...

Talking about practice? Ryan Bader says Corey Anderson broke unwritten rule ahead of Bellator 268

" PHOENIX – Ryan Bader doesn’t understand why Corey Anderson went public with alleged training success. A believer in the often discussed rule of “what happens in sparring stays in the training room,” Bader (28-6 MMA, 6-1 BMMA) sees his Bellator 268 opponent Anderson (15-5 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) in...

Bellator 268 open workout faceoffs: Grand prix semifinalists stare each other down

" PHOENIX – The Bellator light heavyweight grand prix continues with the tournament semifinals. Bellator 268 takes place Saturday at Footprint Center. The main card airs on Showtime after prelims on MMA Junkie. Atop the billing, Bellator light heavyweight champion Vadim Nemkov (13-2 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) defends his title...

Bellator champion Ryan Bader awarded jiu-jitsu black belt ahead of grand prix semifinal

" Ryan Bader has received an upgrade in jiu-jitsu credentials going into his Bellator 268 light heavyweight grand prix semifinal with Corey Anderson. Bader (28-6 MMA, 6-1 BMMA), who already owns a solid collection of belts stemming from his MMA career, has added a jiu-jitsu black belt to his...

Bellator’s Linton Vassell guns for Ryan Bader rematch, won’t try to ‘wrestle a wrestler’ next time

" DEERFIELD BEACH, Fla. – Bellator heavyweight Linton Vassell thinks his new divisional home and developed mindset would likely lead to a victory should he be granted the chance to rematch champion Ryan Bader. The two fighters first fought at Bellator 186 in November, a fight that took place...

Ryan Bader: Bellator grand prix ‘sweetest way’ to avenge losses, get light heavyweight title back

" UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Ryan Bader sees double incentive in the Bellator light heavyweight grand prix. Former dual-champ Bader (27-6 MMA, 5-1 BMMA), who lost his 205-pound title to Vadim Nemkov at Bellator 244 in August, is on a quest to regain his belt, and it starts on Friday...

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