Ryan Bader is set to defend his Bellator MMA light heavyweight title against Linton Vassell in the Bellator 186 main event in November.
A light-heavyweight title fight will top Bellator MMA’s debut at Penn State University.
205-pound champ Ryan Bader is set to make his first title defense against Linton Vassell in the main event of Bellator 186, Bellator officials announced Thursday. PennLive.com first reported the news.
Also on the card will be Penn State alums Phil Davis and Ed Ruth, though their opponents have yet to be confirmed.
Bader (23-5) won the belt with a close split-decision victory over Davis in his promotional debut in the Bellator 180 main event in June. This was a rematch from January 2015; Bader also defeated Davis by decision at UFC on FOX 14. “Darth” left the UFC after fighting out his contract last November in a stoppage win over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira.
Vassell (18-5, 1 NC) is riding a three-fight winning streak and started campaigning for a title shot after his most recent victory, a third-round submission over former Bellator titleholder Liam McGeary at Bellator 179 in May. In 2016, “The Swarm” bested Francis Carmont by decision and avenged a 2014 loss to Emanuel Newton by defeating him in a rematch. Vassell’s last loss came to the hands of Muhammed Lawal in the opening round of a 205-pound tournament almost two years ago.
Bellator 186 takes place at Penn State University’s Bryce Jordan Center in University Park, PA on Nov. 3.