Ryan Bader is the first fighter to advance to the Bellator MMA light heavyweight division.
The main event of the Bellator 256 saw Bader (28-6, 1 NC) have a chance to take revenge on the former Lyoto Machida, who lost the “Darth” in 2012. Early, Machida’s top footwork (26-11 ) allowed him to stay away from Bander’s right hand and land some hard kicks to the body. However, the American struggle became a factor as the struggle continued. Bellator heavyweight champion Bellator kept the Brazilian grounded and gave a solid penalty from first place during the last three laps. An exhausted Machida had accepted his fate when the scorecards were read and Bader scored 49-46, 49-45 and 49-45.
The co-event saw Liz Carmouche face veteran Vanessa Porto. The heavy style of “Girl-rilla” appeared in full force as Carmouche (15-7) presented its natural advantages over Porto (22-9) ensuring repeated abolitions. Porto never gave up, but Carmouche was clearly the best fighter through three rounds. The judges finally handed down a unanimous verdict to the former UFC contender with a score of 29-28, 30-27 and 30-27.
Bellator featherweight candidate Adam Borics has always maintained his recent victory over Jeremy Kennedy. Boric (17-1) scored Kennedy (16-3, 1 NK) in all three rounds and suffered losses. All the judges preferred Boric’s work and ended up with the score 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28. Following the victory, the Hungarian fighter expressed his desire for a title shot against the featherweight champion.
Cat Zingano continued her winning streak at Bellator. After taking the fight on the ground, Zingano (12-4) managed to lock in an arm at Olivia Parker. The pressure is too much for Parker (4-2), who reached 2:56 in Round 1. Zingano is now 2-0 in its new promotional home.
The main card opened with a light period between Goiti Yamauchi and Dan Moret. Yamauchi (25-5) got the back of Moret (15-6) several times, but “Hitman” proved difficult to submit. Despite the Japanese fighter clearly controlling most of the fight, and Sherdog scoring 30-27 Yamauchi, the fight ended as an unexplained split decision that went to Moret (via scores 29-28, 28-29 and 29-28). Moret is now 1-0 on offer.
In the preliminary action, undefeated middleweight prospect Dalton Rosta (5-0) separated Tony Johnson (8-4) on foot to get 30-27 scorecards from all three judges. Talita Nogueira (8-2) scored an easy victory over Jessica Borga (3-3) despite deducting points for blows to the back of Borga’s head and with the three judges scoring the match 29-27. Jornel Lugo (6-0) dominated Cass Bell (5-2) on the road to a unanimous decision victory with a score of 30-26, 30-27 and 30-27. Cody Law (3-0) beat Nathan Ghareeb (2-1) in three rounds to take a dominant decision victory (30-27, 30-27, 30-27). Jaylon Bates (2-0) put Jeffrey Glossner (2-2) in a Japanese tie at 1:27 of Round 2. Nainoa Dung (4-2) pointed to Isaiah William (4-4) in a unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28). Diana Avsaragova (3-0) knocked out Tara Graff (1-3) in just 29 seconds. and John Dama’s senior match (5-2) led him to win a special decision against Will Smith (3-3) with a score of 29-28, 28-29 and 29-28.