Bellator light heavyweight champion Ryan Bader(26-5 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) earned a dominant unanimous decision victory over Matt Mitrione in the Bellator 207 main event.The scores reflected the lopsided victory Bader had over Mitrione(30-25,30-24,30-25).With this Bader will face Fedor Emelianenko who won his bout against Chael Sonnen at the 208 main event at the final of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Pix.
With the upcoming fight against Fedor,the light heavyweight champion has his eyes set on becoming a two division champion in Bellator.Well,a two division champ in light heavyweight and heavyweight points out to the one and only Daniel Cormier (21-1 MMA, 10-1 UFC) who has achieved a similar success in UFC.
Bader believes he should be given the same amount of respect but will struggle to prove his superiority in a definitive manner without sharing the cage with Cormier.
Img: Ryan Bader putting a dominant performance against Mittrione
In a post conference Bader told the reporters about the possibility of fighting Cormier “I do think about that.We all are, ‘Woulda, coulda, shoulda.’A big reason for me to come over is I believe I was the best in the world and never got the opportunity to show it (in the UFC). Over here I did. It’s always there. I’m a competitor, I want to be the best in the world, not, ‘Oh yeah, but there’s another organization.’ Taking nothing away from him. He’s a dominant champion. He’s one of the best to ever do it. Of course I want it. But will that ever happen? No.”
Though the pair never fought each other before they had a heated confrontation on the press conference of UFC 187.
It’s a fantasy matchup as in reality Cormier is currently set to fight Lewis at UFC 230 and has plans to retire by March next year.
Being asked about how he matches up against Cormier,Ryan stated that “I think I match up well with him.Especially now. If I would have matched up with him five years ago, I don’t think I would do all that well. I think now I beat him. Its just one of those things where it’s too bad it’ll never happen.”