The Bellator heavyweight grand prix will reach its conclusion at the beginning of 2019.
On Tuesday, the Viacom-owned promotion officially announced that the Ryan Bader vs. Fedor Emelianenko final will headline a Jan. 26 event at The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., with the winner claiming Bellator’s vacant heavyweight title. The show, which has yet to be numbered, will air live on Paramount and stream on DAZN.
Both Bader and Emelianenko advanced to the tournament final this past weekend at Bellator 207 and Bellator 208, respectively.
Bader, 35, dominated his way to a unanimous decision over Matt Mitrione in the Bellator 207 headliner. That semifinals win was preceded by a knockout win over Muhammed Lawal in the opening round back in May. Bader, who already holds Bellator’s light heavyweight title, is trying to become the first simultaneous champion in the history of the promotion.
The 41-year-old Emelianenko, a former PRIDE champion, scored a first-round TKO win over Chael Sonnen in the Bellator 208 headliner. Prior to that, Emelianenko knocked out Frank Mir in 48 seconds back in April.
Tickets for “Bellator: Fedor vs. Bader” go on sale to the general public this Friday at 10 a.m. PT and can be purchased at Bellator.com and Ticketmaster.com. A special Bellator Nation presale will take place Wednesday and Thursday.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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