Lyoto “The Dragon” Machida initially fired off with the lead in Round 1. Where he got by Ryan “Darth” Bader. Thanks to his best kicking strength on the upper body. As well as a few jabs to the face of Bader.
In which is how Bader got slightly behind at the start. Before Bader for the majority able to stay patient while standing. When he used his whole body. Read what Machida cannot do with the conversion into upper body strikes. And Bader managed to ground the Brazilian down.
He might not wrapped up as soon as he liked during each round. But Machida barely escaped past his whole body. As his leg strikes was not enough to get himself back up. Even though the Brazilian tried with one knee down. He just did not offer what Bader offered tonight. Which is the inability take advantage of the upper body. Bader won the remaining four rounds that is enough to win this battle.
The win for Bader tonight sees him advance into the semi-finals. Next Friday sees Vadim Nemkov v Phil Davis in Bellator 257. As the Light Heavyweight GP division begins to fill its spots.