The Bellator MMA champ champ Ryan Bader was recently scheduled to defend his heavyweight belt against the veteran Cheick Kongo. However, even though Bader was on top of the action and was dominating the fight even dropping Kongo a few times, was left without a victory as the fight ended in a no contest due to an accidental eye poke by him. He now feels that Kongo was looking for a way out and used the eye poke to quit.
Bader said in the post fight interview that he feels Kongo could have continued but used the accidental eye poke to quit. He also contemplated about going down in weight to defend his light heavyweight title next. Here’s what he had to say:
I was dominating every second of the fight, if he wants to do it again, I’ll definitely be doing it again. I was two minutes from finishing him and he took the easy way out, I poked him in the nose and he goes like this to get out of the fight.
There’s a lot of interesting fights, that’s what kind of sucks, I felt like I was a couple of minutes from defending the title and then moving on. Instead, I get a no-decision. I dropped him with a jab and dropped him with two left hooks. There’s talk about going down to light heavyweight, there’s a lot of fighters coming up. I’m happy wherever. I feel I owe it to the light heavyweight division to defend the title. I’m having fun as a heavyweight. I’ve done everything Bellator has asked of me and they’ll tell me where to go.