This was a rematch from a UFC occasion in 2012, in which Machida caught Bader being available in and scored a second-round knockout, the first time Bader had actually been KO d in his profession.
This significant Baders very first fight considering that being dropping the Bellator light heavyweight title to Vadim Nemkov back in August. Bader had actually won the 205-pound championship from Phil Davis in his Bellator launching at Bellator 180. Bader retained the title against Linton Vassell that fall before competing in the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix and ending up being the promos first-ever champ-champ.
Coming over to Bellator in totally free company following his own stint in the UFC, Machida scored an unanimous choice win over Rafael Carvalho and a second-round TKO of Chael Sonnen. Ever since, however, hes dropped back-to-back split choices versus Gegard Mousasi and Davis.
Fighters chime in throughout the Ryan Bader vs. Lyoto Machida Bellator Light Heavyweight Grand Prix quarterfinal
At the battles start, Bader looked to be falling under the very same path that got him in difficulty the very first time around, fighting Machida on the feet and coming out on the even worse end of the striking. However Bader quickly was able to get the fight to the ground, where he completely overwhelmed and controlled Machida with grappling and power en path to a one-sided unanimous decision.
See how fellow fighters reacted to Bader getting the win and moving on in the tournament
This marked Baders first battle since being dropping the Bellator light heavyweight title to Vadim Nemkov back in August. Bader had won the 205-pound championship from Phil Davis in his Bellator debut at Bellator 180. Bader retained the title versus Linton Vassell that fall prior to competing in the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix and ending up being the promos first-ever champ-champ.
Lyoto venceu o primeiro Round muito bem.
Keeping it unique! Pleased you like em Aljo!
— BellatorMMA (@BellatorMMA) April 10, 2021
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See fighters share their ideas during Ryan Bader vs. Lyoto Machida 2
After dropping the Bellator light heavyweight championship to Vadim Nemkov, Ryan Bader has entered into the Bellator Light Heavyweight Grand Prix a male on a mission. And it began with some revenge, as he beat Lyoto Machida in a rematch to kick off the competition in the Bellator 256 primary occasion.
Bader vence Lyoto Machida e de quebra vinga a derrota sofrida para o brasileiro a 7 anos e avança no torneio do Bellator.
Lyoto venceu o primeiro Round muito bem. Alternou bons chutes na costela e cabeca chegando a levar o americano a lona.
— Luiz Besouro (@BesouroRFT) April 10, 2021.