F. Emelianenko vs R. Bader is one more great match of Heavyweight World Grand Prix Final Bellator 214 taking place in Inglewood, CA at 27th of January. Fighting fans will finally know who is the winner of Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix tournament and who will be crowned as new heavyweight champion. Light heavyweight champion Ryan Bader (26-5) will meet probably the best heavyweight of all time, legendary Fedor Emelianenko (38-5) in the final of Heavyweight World Grand Prix tournament at Bellator 214. Ryan Bader is 205 pounds (light heavyweight) champion of the world and he will face Fedor at heavyweight, so he has a chance to become a two-division champion. But we think that “The Last Emperor” won‘t give a win that easy.
Ryan “Darth” Bader is an awesome fighter. He is the light heavyweight champion, he is on 6 fights winning streak, he did not lose a fight in Bellator and he does not want to stop this. In his last fight at Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix Semifinal Bader defeated Matt Mitrione by unanimous decision and advanced to Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix Finals. “Darth” has a lot of experience and knowledge. He is a former UFC fighter. In UFC he also was on the top of the light heavyweight division but Jon Jones stopped him cold. Light heavyweight is a high-level wrestler, very physically strong, able to pick up and slam opponents. He also has real knockout power in his hands. Bader is one of the best at avoiding strikes in UFC history and herewith very aggressive.
Fedor “The Last Emperor” Emelianenko is a legend. Many people consider him as the best heavyweight of all time. He did not lose a fight between 2001 and 2010. Also, he had a long run as the top heavyweight in Pride Fighting Championships and dominated in nearly every bout. In his last two fights in Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix tournament, he defeated Chael Sonnen and former UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir by TKO(punches). Now he is in the final and he wants to win badly and become new heavyweight king. “The Last Emperor” is very skillful. He has a crushing knockout power and strong ground game. No one could take away his heart. He fought his heart out where he could, against whomever he could, and for as long as he could.
These fighters never met each other in the octagon because they are from different weight divisions.