The black belt in Bjj, Bellator light-Hw champion and Tuf 8 tournament winner Ryan Bader entered this fight with a professional mma record of 25-5-0 (56% finishing rate) and he is ranked as the No.5 heavyweight in the world (currently the #1 in this division is Daniel Cormier). He lost to Anthony Johnson in 2016 (Johnson vs Bader) but then he has won five bouts beating Phil Davis (Davis vs Bader 2), Linton Vassell (Ryan Bader vs Linton Vassell) and Muhammed King Mo Lawal in his last three (Ryan Bader vs Muhammed King Mo Lawal).
His opponent, the black belt in karate Matt Mitrione, has an official record of 13-5-0 (85% ko/tko victory rate – he has never won via submission) and he entered as the No.13 in the same weight class. He lost two consecutive bouts between 2015 and 2016, against Ben Rothwell (Rothwell vs Mitrione) and Travis Browne (Browne vs Mitrione), but then he has won four fights beating Fedor Emelianenko (Fedor Emelianenko vs Matt Mitrione) and Roy Nelson in his last two (Roy Nelson vs Matt Mitrione 2). Bader vs Mitrione, main event of Bellator 207, is the semifinal of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix tournament. Watch the video and rate this fight!
Event: Bellator 207: Mitrione vs Bader
Where: Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, Connecticut, USA
Division: heavyweight (265 lbs, 120 kg)
Bader’s previous fight: Ryan Bader vs Muhammed King Mo Lawal
Mitrione’s previous fight: Roy Nelson vs Matt Mitrione 2
Bader’s next fight: Fedor Emelianenko vs Ryan Bader
Mitrione’s next fight: Matt Mitrione vs Sergei Kharitonov
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