Bader’s Coach Feels He’d KO Cormier

If the only two men to hold their promotion’s light heavyweight and heavyweight titles simultaneously squared off, Jair Lourenco feels Ryan Bader could finish Daniel Cormier.

While there is a bias for Lourenco, as he is the coach for the Bellator “champ-champ,” he told MMA Fighting that it is a fight that should be made and that his fighter would be able to drop Cormier within the distance.

“That’s the fight we wanted. That’s the fight everybody wanted,” Lourenco said of a cross-brand showdown. “It’s an old rivalry, and it would be the first champ-champ vs. champ-champ cross-promotion in MMA history. That only happens in boxing. That’s a fight I wanted to see.

“I believe that a five-round fight would be a great scenario for us. Bader does great in five-round fights, but they both have heavy hands. “Lourenco said of how he’d like to see a Bader-Cormier fight go down.” I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a war, but I believe Bader has a great chance of finishing him inside five rounds.”

Bader has been undefeated since walking into the Bellator cage in 2017, including his 35-second Bellator 214 knockout of Fedor Emelianenko.

“Cormier is a great guy, much respect to him, but I see a good match-up for Bader. Cormier is an excellent wrestler with a good game on short range, the same game Bader does well. Cormier did more in pure wrestling, but Bader’s wrestling is great for MMA.”

Initial Report: MMA Fighting

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