When it comes to defending both his Bellator Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight Titles, Ryan Bader is not one who runs away from a fight. “Darth” Bader (27-5, 1NC) spoke to FIGHT SPORTS during Bellator’s All-Star Press Conference about having a target on his back.
He also discussed defending both of his belts, a rarity when double-champions are created.
Bader is set to defend his Light Heavyweight Title against Vadim Nemkov at Bellator 242 on May 9 from inside the SAP Center in San Jose, California.
During the actual press conference, FIGHT SPORTS asked Bader about potentially facing Cheick Kongo in a rematch. Back at Bellator 226, Kongo had the fight stopped after stating that Bader poked him in the eye. Bader refuted those claims, and was very willing to give Kongo a rematch. He also got into it with Quinton “Rampage” Jackson afterward the bout, and although Bader believes he doesn’t deserves a title shot, the 36-year-old was also interested in fighting Jackson again.
Bellator President Scott Coker was also interested in getting something going for Bader.