Ryan Bader Grinds Out a Victory at Bellator 207
The first half of the semi-finals of Bellator’s Heavyweight Gran Prix ended tonight at Bellator 207 with Ryan Bader earning a dominant victory. Three rounds of Bader’s dominant wrestling mixed in with some ground and pound was more than enough to secure his position as the man waiting to fight for the heavyweight title.
Mitrione was noticeably bigger than Bader, he had a size and reach advantage as well as some concerning speed as a heavyweight. None of it would matter as Bader was able to enforce his wrestling since the first bell. There was a moment in round two where it seemed Mitrione could have put together a chain of strikes that may have helped but a simple slip from Bader would open up a takedown that pretty much dictated the entire fight.
Fans in the arena booed the grinding fashion in which Bader won in but when looking ahead, that is the safest way to make it to the final championship bout. Where winning a title with a finish leaves no room for doubt on whom the true heavyweight champion in Bellator is.
Complete Bellator 207: Mitrione vs. Bader Results:
Ryan Bader (25-5) defeated Matt Mitrione (13-5) via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-24, 30-25)
Sergei Kharitonov (29-7-1, 1 NC) defeated Roy Nelson (23-16) via KO (knees) at 4:59 of round one
Lorenz Larkin (20-7, 1 NC) defeated Ion Pascu (18-9) via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Corey Browning (4-2) defeated Baby Slice (3-2) via TKO (punches) at 2:08 of round two
Mandel Nallo (7-0) defeated Carrington Banks (7-2) via KO (knee) at :57 of round two
Preliminary Card Results:
Mike Kimbel (2-0) defeated Alex Potts (1-1) via KO (punch) at :06 of round one
Janay Harding (4-4) defeated Sinead Kavanagh (5-3) via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) at 5:00 of round one
Andre Fialho (10-1) defeated Javier Torres (10-5, 1 NC) via majority decision (28-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Sarah Click (2-2) defeated Kristi Lopez (2-1-1) via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Vinicius de Jesus (6-2) defeated Tim Caron (9-3) via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Alexandra Ballou (1-0) defeated Lisa Blaine (2-1) via TKO (elbows) at 3:28 of round three
Pat Casey (4-0) defeated Kastriot Xhema (2-2, 1 NC) via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)
Kemran Lachinov (7-2) defeated Sean Lally (8-4) via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
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