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Bellator 207: Ryan Bader smothers Matt Mitrione to advance to heavyweight grand prix finals

Bellator light heavyweight champion Ryan Bader (26-5-0) continued his success inside the company’s cage with a convincing unanimous decision victory over Matt Mitrione (13-6-0) in the heavyweight grand prix semifinals last night at Bellator 207.

Mitirione, a former football player who found success with his striking in combat sports, was taken to the ground repeatedly despite being the heavier fighter. While he provided respectable resistance for Bader, he was left lamenting the wrestling performance of the light heavyweight champion.

The judges scored it 30-25, 30-24, and 30-25 for Bader.

Bader now waits to meet the winner of Fedor Emelianenko and Chael Sonnen, who face off today at Bellator 208 in Uniondale, New York. The winner of the tournament becomes the heavyweight champion.

It was a tough night for former UFC fighters, as Roy Nelson was knocked out by Russian Sergei Kharitonov earlier, though Lorenz Larkin did secure the Bellator welterweight Grand Prix tourney alternate by decisioning Ion Pascu.

In other results:

RYAN BADER DEF. MATT MITRIONE VIA UD (30-25, 30-24, 30-25)

SERGEI KHARITIONOV DEF. Roy Nelson VIA KO R1 4:59

LORENZ LARKIN DEF. ION PASCU VIA UD (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

COREY BROWNING DEF. KEVIN FERGUSON JR. VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R2 2:08

MANDEL NALLO DEF. CARRINGTON BANKS VIA KO (KNEE) R2 0:07

VINICIUS DE JESUS DEF. TIM CARON VIA UD (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)

JANAY HARDING DEF. Sinead Kavanagh VIA TKO (DOCTOR’S STOPPAGE) R1 5:00

ANDRE FIALHO DEF. JAVIER TORRES VIA MAJORITY DECISION (28-28, 29-28, 29-28)

SARAH CLICK DEF. KRISTI LOPEZ VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

MIKE KIMBEL DEF. ALEX POTTS VIA KO (PUNCHES) R1 0:06

ALEXANDRA BALLOU DEF. LISA BLAINE VIA TKO (ELBOWS) R3 3:28

PAT CASEY DEF. KASTROT XHEMA VIA UD (30-26, 30-26, 30-26)

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