Ryan Bader might not be the largest competitor in the Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix, but he was the big man on campus on Friday.
The reigning light heavyweight champion made mincemeat out of “Meathead” in the main event of Bellator 207 at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., winning a clear-cut unanimous decision over Matt Mitrione to advance to the grand prix finals where he will face either Fedor Emelianenko or Chael Sonnen.
If Mitrione had any issues with a career 205-pounder winning a heavyweight tournament, there wasn’t much he could say after that. But you can see what the pros had to say about Bader’s performance, as well as some thoughts on two of the more notable finishes on the main card: Mandel Nallo’s stunning knockout of Carrington Banks, and Corey Browning’s upset of Kevin “Baby Slice” Ferguson Jr.
Hoping Mitrione lands a hammer early in this human cockfight.. He sleeps in our office every once in a while.. Would be wild to have a Heavy Weight champ snoring on the couch.. Pullin hard for the meat head cuzzie.
— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) October 13, 2018
Bader with some amazing ground control and wrestling
— Tatiana Suarez (@TSPMMA115) October 13, 2018