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Bellator ‘Most Likely’ Putting Together Interim Heavyweight Title Bout Soon – MMA Root

Ryan Bader is moving into the lightweight Bellator, and that means the heavyweight division could move on – at least temporarily – without him.

Bader defeated Lyoto Machida by unanimous decision in the opening round of the 205-pound Bellator Grand Prix on Friday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. This means that his next appearance, which will be temporarily counted in July, according to the tournament team, will again be light heavyweight against the winner of the Bellator 257 match between Corey Anderson and Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov.

No matter how bad Bander progresses, even losing in the next round would mean that defending a heavyweight title would not be likely to happen until the end of 2021 at the earliest. At the moment, he intends to regain the 205 pound belt he lost to Vadim Nemkov through the second round of TKO at Bellator 244 in August 2020.

With that in mind, Bellator president Scott Coker revealed that the offer is likely to move forward with an intermediate heavyweight championship in the near future. Coker confirmed these plans in a generally vague manner, but did not provide a specific timeline or correlation.

“I think it is [time for an interim title]”Coker said during a post-fight scrum after the Bellator 256 (video via” next two weeks.

“Maybe we still have something to announce until next week’s event. But I think we will go in that direction. “

Bader did not defend the heavyweight belt from the Bellator 226 when his fight against Cheick Kongo ended without an eye-opener. If an intermediate title is created, Kongo against Timothy Johnson could be the fight he has to make, as these are the highest Bellator barriers behind Bader.

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