Bellator 280 took place in France and was headlined by the heavyweight champion Ryan Bader who was defending his title against Cheick Kongo. The pair originally fought at Bellator 226, but the fight ended with an accidental eye poke and the fight was declared a no contest.
Bader dominated the fight entirely for the five rounds. While Kongo did have his moments early on when he started aggressively, but Bader used his wrestling to nullify Kongo’s advances and pressed him up against the cage.
In the end, all three judges scored it for Bader (50-45, 50-45, 50-45) as he retained his heavyweight championship for the second straight time.
Yoel Romero. Again.
For the win. 💥💥💥#Bellator280pic.twitter.com/PFp1nHcrnP
— MMA Junkie (@MMAJunkie) May 6, 2022
Also present on the card was Yoel Romero, who put on a phenomenal performance against Alex Polizzi. Romero scored a third-round TKO win.
Bellator 280 full results:
Ryan Bader def. Cheick Kongo via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
Yoel Romero def. Alex Polizzi via TKO – Round 3, 4:59
Davy Gallon def. Benjamin Brander via TKO (elbows) – Round 2, 3:18
Lorenz Larkin def. Kyle Stewart via TKO – Round 1, 4:44
Gregory Babene def. Mike Shipman via KO – Round 1, 2:11
Piotr Niedzielski def. Pedro Carvalho via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Thibault Gouti def. Lewis Long via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jordan Barton def. Fabacary Diatta via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Soren Bak def. Charlie Leary via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)
Yves Landu def. Gavin Hughes via TKO (body kick) – Round 1, 3:01
Lucie Bertaud def. Katarzyna Sadura via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Youcef Ouabbas def. Matthieu Duclos via TKO – Round 1, 4:17
Bourama Camara def. Victor Verchere via TKO – Round 1, 3:06