Bellator 280: Ryan Bader Shuts Out Cheick Kongo, Yoel Romero Back On Top
Ryan Bader did it again.
The headlining of Bellator 280 was a rematch between two of the toughest guys of the promotion — champion Ryan Bader and local French fighter Cheick Kongo. This was the rematch between these athletes, a necessary fight after their first battle, which ended as No Contest because of an accidental eye poke.
In this rematch, the champion defeated his rival every second of the fight.
Using his wrestling skills, Bader defeated Kongo by unanimous decision victory 50-45 on all the judges’ scorecards.
The French fighter could not do anything against Bader’s takedowns and control abilities.
Yoel Romero held a show for the fans in the co-main event.
Yoel Romero beat the buzzer, getting the finish with one second left in the third round 🤯 #Bellator280
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He could finish the fight several times, but did not do it.
In the second round, Romero made a massive knockdown but did not land any extra punch on the ground. He also earned another knockdown in the third round but did not go for the finish.
He landed several great left crosses and low kicks. When he heard the 10 seconds alert, he exploded and landed several great punches and earned a TKO finish just one second before the final bell.
Davy Gallon made the local arena happy by earning a second-round TKO finish against Swiss fighter Benjamin Brander.
Lorez Larkins fought well and landed some vast kicks and punches in the first round. He landed a destroyer kick to the body and earned a TKO victory after landing several punches and knees on the ground.
Gregory Babene was another fighter who managed to win his hometown’s victory. In the first round, Babene defeated Mike Shipman after landing a hook and finished the fight on the ground.
Check out the rest of the results below:
- Ryan Bader def Cheick Kongo Unanimous Dec
- Yoel Romero def Alex Polizzi KO/TKO, 4:59 R3
- Davy Gallon def Benjamin Brander KO/TKO, 3:18 R2
- Lorenz Larkin def Kyle Stewart KO/TKO, 4:44 R1
- Gregory Babene def Mike Shipman KO/TKO, 2:11 R1
- Piotr Niedzielski def Pedro Carvalho Split Dec
- Thibault Gouti def Lewis Long Unanimous Dec
- Jordan Barton def Fabacary Diatta Split Dec
- Soren Bak def Charlie Leary Unanimous Dec
- Yves Landu def Gavin Hughes KO/TKO, 3:01 R1
- Lucie Bertaud def Katarzyna Sadura Unanimous Dec
- Youcef Ouabbas def Matthieu Duclos KO/TKO, 4:17 R1
- Bourama Camara def Victor Verchere KO/TKO, 3:06 R1