What really mattered at Bellator 199? Here’s a look at a few things worth remembering from Bellator’s latest trip to San Jose, Calif.
With a quick KO, the light heavyweight champ is on his way to fight a real heavyweight next
One looping hand, a couple follow-up strikes behind the ear, and Bellator 205-pound champ Ryan Bader (25-5 MMA, 3-0 BMMA) put Muhammad Lawal (21-7 MMA, 10-6 BMMA) to sleep in just 15 seconds. That’s an emphatic finish that ought to send a message to his rivals in the heavyweight grand prix. Then again, this was a win over a guy who says he’s dropping to middleweight now.
Next up, Bader will have to face Matt Mitrione, a true heavyweight who also hits like one. Is Bader up for that? I admit I’m morbidly curious about finding out.
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
Read the full article here: The 5 biggest takeaways from Bellator 199, including Paul Daley's mid-fight commentary