Renan Ferreira Dismantles Ryan Bader In 21 Seconds, Now Planned To Face Francis Ngannou

PFL Vs. Bellator: Champs Results

Concluding the evening in Saudi Arabia at PFL Vs. Bellator: Champs, Renan Ferreira made extremely quick work of Ryan Bader, all beginning with a well-placed right hook.

The event took place in the city of Riyadh at the Kingdom Arena, and featured several titleholders from PFL and Bellator, both past and present. Additionally, guest appearances were made by the former and current UFC heavyweight champions, Francis Ngannou and Jon Jones. Mike Tyson was even on hand to award the winner of the champion versus champion matchups with their “Super Belt” and matching ring.

All the stops were pulled to make this a memorable event in the company’s history. And when it comes down to it, the main event delivered, and lined up a very interesting future matchup for Ngannou when the time comes for him to make his PFL debut.

Ferreira certainly had the edge over Bader in this fight, not only is the Brazilian 6 years younger than the MMA veteran, but also is 6 inches taller and possesses an 11-inch reach advantage.

Meanwhile, Bader came into this bout relying heavily on the mindset that he has the better resume and has been in the cage with some of the best. But, experience is a lot to rely on when it comes to a hungry and skilled competitor with a physical size advantage.

It only took the 2023 PFL heavyweight champion 21 seconds to find the mark with a 2-punch combo that most notably included a powerful right hook that dropped his opponent, just as Bader was stepping in with a shot of his own. Ferreira finished things up with multiple shots on the ground, prior to referee Kerry Hatley intervening to put a stop to the action.

Prior to the event, Ngannou announced that he would make his PFL debut versus the winner of tonight’s main event. And judging by the callout in Ferreira’s post-fight interview, he is more than willing.

“Francis, where you at? I’m waiting for you,”

-Ferreira during post-fight interview

“I think the winner of this is the guy I’m going to fight in my MMA return,” Ngannou told ESPN. “It is my intention to return to the sport. When exactly, I think depends on March 8. [Ferreira and Bader] are both champions and one of them is going to be a ‘Champ Champ.’ So, I think there isn’t a better way to find an opponent [for me], since I am a champion myself.”

Full Card Results:

  • Renan Ferreira def. Ryan Bader via KO (Right Hook to Ground Strikes) – Round 1, 0:21
  • Johnny Eblen def. Impa Kasanganay via Decision (Split)
  • Jason Jackson def. Ray Cooper III via TKO (Ground and Pound) – Round 2, 0:23
  • Vadim Nemkov def. Bruno Cappelozza via Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) – Round 2, 2:13
  • Yoel Romero def. Thiago Santos via Decision (Unanimous)
  • AJ McKee Jr. def. Clay Collard via Submission (Triangle-Armbar) – Round 1, 1:10
  • Aaron Pico def. Henry Corrales via TKO (Ground and Pound)- Round 1, 4:53
  • Biaggio Ali Walsh def. Emmanuel Palacio via Decision (Unanimous)
  • Claressa Shields def. Kelsey DeSantis via Decision (Split)
  • Abdullah Al-Qahtani def. Edukondala Rao via TKO (Strikes – Standing) – Round 3, 0:23
  • Malik Basahel def. Vinicius Pereira via Decision (Unanimous)
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