Most observers believed that Ryan Bader would become a champ-champ tonight at Bellator 214, and “Darth” needed less than 30 seconds to accomplish that goal.
Not long into the heavyweight grand-prix final, Bader floored Emelianenko with lead, left hook, and then finished the deal with a couple more shots from above.
With the victory, Bader becomes Bellator’s light-heavyweight and heavyweight champ.
Here are the complete results for Bellator 214, which took place at the Forum in Inglewood, California.
Ryan Bader def. Fedor Emelianenko via KO (punches), R1, 0:35
Henry Corrales def. Aaron Pico via KO (punches) R1, 1:07
Jake Hager def. J.W. Kiser via submission (arm-triangle-choke) R1, 2:09
Juan Archuleta def. Ricky Bandejas via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Adel Altamimi def. Brandon McMahan via submission (armbar) R1, 1:16
Thor Skancke def. Jesse Merrit via submission (north-south choke) R1, 4:26
Jesse Roberts def. A.J. Agazarm via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Weber Almeida def. Odan Chinchilla via TKO (punch) R1, 3:04
Art Rivas def. Sean Johnson via TKO (strikes) R1, 4:30
Jay Jay Wilson def. Tyler Beneke via submission (rear-naked choke) R1, 1:31
Ryan Lilley def. James Barnes via knockout (head kick) R1, 1:30
Craig Plaskett def. Ian Butler via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Desmond Torres def. Steve Ramirez via submission (arm-triangle choke) R1, 4:21