Bellator's champ-champ, Ryan Bader stepped into the cage at Bellator 226 in San Jose, Calif., on Saturday night, looking to make the first defense of his heavyweight championship. He didn't lose the belt to fellow UFC veteran Cheick Kongo, but he didn't defend the belt either.
The fight seemed to be going Bader's way, as he tagged Kongo with a few punches before eventually securing a takedown. He laid on a heavy dose of ground-and-pound before accidentally putting a finger in Kongo's eye.
The referee stepped in and called the ringside doctor in to check Kongo's eye. When it was deemed that he couldn't see, the fight was stopped and ruled a no contest.
Following the fight, Kongo's teammate, Quinton "Rampage" Jackson, got into a scuffle with Bader, but the two were separated before any significant altercation could take place.
Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix Quarterfinal Bout Results
The first round of Bellator Featherweight Grand Prix pairings played out in San Jose, albeit with much more definitive results than the Bader vs. Kongo main event.
Emmanuel Sanchez defeated Tywan Claxton with a triangle choke submission in the second round of their quarterfinal bout. Pedro Carvalho submitted Sam Sicilia with a face-crank submission in round two. Adam Borics stopped former Bellator featherweight champion Pat Curran with strikes at the end of the second frame. Derek Campos rounded out the quarterfinal bouts with a win over another former featherweight champion in Daniel Straus, earning a lopsided unanimous decision with scores of 30-26, 30-25, and 30-25.
Cris Cyborg Makes an Appearance at Bellator 226
Former UFC women's featherweight champion Cris Cyborg made an appearance at Bellator 226, making an official walk-out, receiving a warm welcome from the fans in attendance.
Bellator 226: Bader vs. Kongo Results
Bellator 226 Main Card
Bellator 226 Prelims