Fight video: Watch Ryan Bader KO Fedor to become a Bellator’s first double-champ

Joe Rogan erupts as Bader KOs Fedor


Re-live this epic KO, as we take a look back at the culmination of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix and one of Ryan Bader’s most memorable moments in the Bellator cage. Bader became Bellator’s first simultaneous two-division champion when he knocked out Fedor Emelianenko just seconds into the fight.

Many people were surprised when Bader fought out his last UFC contract and then inked a deal with Bellator, but it has proved to be a brilliant move. Bader became the Bellator light heavyweight champion in his first fight under the promotion’s banner. A year and a half later, he took out Fedor to hold the light heavyweight and heavyweight titles simultaneously.

Bader returns to the cage at Bellator 243 on May 9, when he will put the light heavyweight championship on the line against challenger Vadim Nemkov.

(Courtesy of BellatorMMA)


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Ed Ruth heads into Bellator 239 looking to move on step closer to the belt

Ed Ruth - Bellator

When his 2018 ended, welterweight Ed Ruth was in a tough spot having suffered his first career loss which resulted in his elimination from the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix. So when 2019 came around he wanted to get things back on track.

In two fights last year, Ruth was able to rebound and pick up wins in both bouts, and re-establish himself as someone to keep an eye on in Bellator’s welterweight division. Now he’s headlining Friday’s Bellator fight card in Oklahoma.

“I feel like (2019) played out pretty well, especially coming off my loss to Neiman Gracie and getting out of the Grand Prix,” Ruth told MMAWeekly.com. “I just wanted to bounce back as quickly as possible.

“Well, my last fight (versus Jason Jackson in October) I don’t feel like I fought too well, but I was still able to pull out the win that one.”

Looking to build off what he achieved in 2019, Ruth is feeling as excited as ever for his career prospects this year.

“I feel like 2020 is going to be my year,” said Ruth. “I feel like I’ve been training smart. I’ve been able to keep away the injuries and everything. I feel like this is going to be a good year for me.”

On Friday in Thackerville, Okla., Ruth (8-1) will look to keep his winning streak going when he faces Yaroslav Amosov (22-0) in the Bellator 239 welterweight main event.

“I think that he’s going to throw some punches, some kicks, but mostly try to keep it mostly with wrestling,” Ruth said of Amosov. “I’m a wrestler who doesn’t tire, and I’m a better wrestler, so that’s how I feel the fight is going to go.


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“I don’t care where I’m at on the card (as headliner or opener) as long as I’m fighting and getting better in the cage. As long as I feel like I’m still getting better and getting close to my goals, I’m happy where I’m at.”

For Ruth, still being new to MMA, he wants to continue to develop. As long as he’s making forward progress, that’s what’s important to him right now in his career.

“I’m taking it one fight at a time, but it would be great to get close to that belt,” said Ruth. “Those are the fights I want to take.

“If I can fight someone who is higher in the rankings then those are the fights I want for sure. (I can wait for the title shot) as long as I’m fighting. I like to stay busy.”

Dan Hooker goes nose-to-nose with Paul Felder with traditional Maori greeting at UFC Auckland

Dan Hooker and Paul Felder - Maori greeting UFC Auckland


New Zealander Dan Hooker welcomed fellow UFC on ESPN+ 26 main eventer Paul Felder to his home country with a traditional greeting. No, he didn’t get all up in Felder’s grill and promise to tear him apart when they step into the Octagon.

Hooker greeted Felder in the traditional Maori greeting, which involves two people pressing their noses, and often foreheads, together. 

The Maori are the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand. They have been there for hundreds of years. This particular custom is used as a formal greeting, frequently ahead of important ceremonies and functions.

Though UFC fighters often go nose-to-nose ahead of their fights, it’s usually during the weigh-ins when they square off for the cameras and it isn’t often a show of respect. In this case, Hooker wasn’t about to cross the line and dishonor the Maori people.


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“The Maori’s is a place of peace. You can’t bring any tension like that to a Maori. It would have been incredibly disrespectful of me to push him or shove him or disrespect him and deny the hongi, so I am a man of respect,” Hooker said following the greeting.

“I had to give the hongi because I respect the Maori culture so much, and I respect the people, and this is their land. This is the culture, so you have to abide by that. I have too much respect for the Maori culture to do anything silly or disrespectful.”

Felder was also greeted in the same manner by several of Hooker’s teammates, include UFC featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski and middleweight titleholder Israel Adesanya.

(Courtesy of EMG Access)

Fight video: Watch Dan Hooker lay out James Vick ahead of UFC Auckland

Dan Hooker KOs James Vick UFC San Antonio


Dan Hooker won a Performance of the Night bonus with this first-round knockout of James Vick at UFC Fight Night San Antonio last year.

Next up for Hooker is a main event match-up with Paul Felder on home soil in Auckland, New Zealand, on Saturday, February 22.

Following an up-and-down attempt at featherweight, Hooker returned to lightweight in 2017. He has since racked up a record of 6-1 in his last seven bouts, putting him on the cusp of title contention.

Should he score an impressive victory over Felder in Auckland, Hooker could be ready to stake his claim for a shot at the winner of the UFC 249 main event between lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov and challenger Tony Ferguson.

(Courtesy of UFC)


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UFC Auckland: Felder vs. Hooker Live Results

Tune in Saturday, Feb. 22, for full UFC on ESPN+ 26: Felder vs. Hooker live results from Auckland, New Zealand, on MMAWeekly.com. Lightweight contenders Paul Felder and Dan Hooker square off in the main event with the winner inching closer to a title shot.

War Room breakdown: UFC Auckland Paul Felder vs. Dan Hooker

Paul Felder vs Dan Hooker UFC Aukcland faceoff


UFC commentator and former welterweight championship contender Dan Hardy returns to the War Room to break down the UFC on ESPN+ 26 main event between Paul Felder and Dan Hooker.

Felder vs. Hooker takes place this weekend (Sunday in Australia, but Saturday across North America) in Auckland, New Zealand.

The winner of the fight has a strong case to make for a shot at the UFC lightweight title. Current champion Khabib Nurmagomedov puts the belt on the line opposite Tony Ferguson at UFC 249 on April 18 in Brooklyn.

(Courtesy of Full Reptile)


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UFC Auckland: Felder vs. Hooker Live Results

Tune in Saturday, Feb. 22, for full UFC on ESPN+ 26: Felder vs. Hooker live results from Auckland, New Zealand, on MMAWeekly.com. Lightweight contenders Paul Felder and Dan Hooker square off in the main event with the winner inching closer to a title shot.

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Diego Sanchez Defends His ‘Smart, Veteran Decision’ Taking DQ Win At UFC Rio Rancho

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Gegard Mousasi Offers Well Wishes To Rafael Lovato Jr. Following Brain Condition Diagnosis

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Thiago Santos Reveals He Turned Down UFC Fight Offer

Thiago Santos isn’t happy with the UFC’s latest fight offer. Santos is the number two-ranked UFC light heavyweight. Back in July 2019, he fell just short of upsetting Jon Jones. In a competitive five-round affair, Jones narrowly held onto his 205-pound gold via split decision. Santos has been out of action since as he underwent […]

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Deontay Wilder Feels Tyson Fury Is Nervous Ahead Of Their Rematch

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