Bellator 214 brought the promotions heavyweight division back to life as Ryan Bader took the vacant title and became Bellator’s first ever double champion. Any new viewers tuning into the event for the first time were treated to a fight card that showcased everything you could have asked for.
Main card results:
Ryan Bader defeated Fedor Emelianenko by KO in round 1.
Henry Corrales defeated Aaron Pico by KO in round 1.
Jake Hager defeated J.W. Kiser by arm-triangle submission choke in round 1.
Juan Archuleta defeated Ricky Bandejas by unanimous decision.
Adel Altamimi defeated Brandon McMahan by arm-bar submission in round 1.
Jake Hager beat his opponent in the very first round as predicted by us at FiveRoundWar. He took J.W. Kiser down, laid on him and sunk in a choke. This will have definitely given the former WWE star a lot of confidence. Is he ready to be thrown in at the deep end of Bellator’s heavyweight division? Not quite yet. But, in time, a few wins will definitely build Hager’s skills enough for a test against an experienced fighter. A fast track to a title shot could very well happen for Jake but it’s still early days.
Aaron Pico was dubbed by many as the sports hottest prospect. However, his opponent Henry Corrales had other plans. The fight was extremely short and you can see it in it’s entirety by clicking here. Aaron has great offensive striking, but his defence took a back seat. Technique went out the window and Henry was able to catch the young fighter and derail Pico’s hype for now. Aaron has a lot going for him and has many high level guys in his corner. He will learn from this and come back.
Ryan Bader’s quick work of Fedor can also be found on Bellator MMA’s Instagram by clicking here. It was hard for those who’ve followed Fedor’s career to see him go out like this. However, the outcome was also predictable. The promotion’s heavyweight title has been vacant for some time and Bader is the perfect fighter to breathe life back into the division. Pundits including Ariel Helwani and Jon Anik are calling for a fight between Bader and UFC heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier. The two fighters came close to facing off back in 2015 in a UFC main event in New Orleans that never came to fruition. While the matchup is unlikely anything is possible.
Bellator’s next outing will come on Saturday 9th February in Newcastle England. The fight card can be found here.