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Bellator 273: Ryan Bader grounds Valentin Moldavsky, set to rematch Cheick Kongo

Ryan Bader used his grappling to decision Russian challenger Valentin Moldavsky at Bellator 273 as his next opponent was watching cageside.

It was confirmed that Bader (29-7-0) will travel to Paris to face hometown hero Cheick Kongo (31-11-2) for a rematch on May 6 at the Accor Arena. The first fight in 2019 turned into a no-contest after Bader poked Kongo in the eye.

In typical Bader fashion Saturday night in Phoenix, his pressure and grappling took the starch out of Moldavsky in the championship rounds, outworking him for the most part.

The judges scored it 48-47, 48-47, and 48-47.

In the co-main event, Benson Henderson snapped a three-fight losing skid with an upset split-decision win over Islam Mamedov in the co-main event.

In other bouts:

RYAN BADER DEF. VALENTIN MALDOVSKY VIA UD (48-47, 48-47, 48-47)

BENSON HENDERSON DEF. ISLAM MAMEDOV (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

HENRY CORRALES DEF. AIDEN LEE VIA TECH DECISION (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

SABAH HOMASI DEF. JALEEL HARRIS VIA SUBMISSION (ARM-TRIANGLE) R1 1:42

ENRIQUE BARZOLA DEF. DARRION CALDWELL VIA TKO (ELBOWS AND PUNCHES) R1 3:01

CHRIS GONZALEZ DEF. SAAD AWAD VIA TKO (HEADKICK AND PUNCHES) R1 0:36

DALTON ROSA DEF. DUANE JOHNSON VIA UD (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

NIKITA MIKHAILOV DEF. BLAINE SHUTT VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R3 3:23

LUCAS BRENNAN DEF. BEN LUGO VIA SUBMISSION (ARM-TRIANGLE CHOKE) R1 2:27

SULLIVAN CAULEY DEF. BEN PARRISH VIA TKO (PUNCHES) R1 4:35

The next major Bellator event is Bellator 274, scheduled for FEb. 19 in Uncasville, Connecticut at the Mohegan Sun Arena. Neiman Gracie takes on Logan Storey in the main event.

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Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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