Ryan Bader’s reign as the dual light heavyweight and heavyweight champion came to a crashing halt at Bellator 244 Friday night in Uncasville, Connecticut.
Russian Vadim Nemkov (13-2-0) used a head kick to send Bader (27-6-0) crashing to the canvas and then used follow up ground strikes to secure a punishing second round victory 3:02 into Round 2. He remains undefeated in five fights in the Bellator cage.
— Bellator Public Relations (@BellatorPR) August 22, 2020
Bader is still the Bellator heavyweight champion.
In other bouts:
JULIA BUDD DEF. JESSY MIELE VIA UD (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
VALENTIN MOLDAVSKY DEF. ROY NELSON VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
JOHN SALTER DEF. ANDREW KAPEL VIA SUBMISSION (ARM-TRIANGLE CHOKE) R3 3:11
YAROSLAV AMOSOV DEF. MARK LEMMINGER VIA TKO (DOCTOR STOPPAGE) R1 5:00
SIDNEY OUTLAW DEF. ADAM PICCOLOTTI VIA SD (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
JOSH HILL DEF. ERIK PEREZ VIA UD (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
WEBER ALMEIDA DEF. SALIM MIKHIDINOV VIA KO (PUNCHES) R1 3:57
JOHN DE JESUS DEF. VLADYSLAV PARUBCHENKNO VIA UD (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)