Bellator 199 was the start of Light Heavyweight Champion Ryan Bader’s ascent to to the top of the mountain. In the quarter-finals of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix, Bader, making his heavyweight debut, made an immediate impact against Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal.
Inside the SAP Center in San Jose, Bader (27-5, 1NC) needed less than 10 seconds to drop Lawal with a left hand. He then hit a barrage of shots to his face before the referee called the fight off. It was Bader’s fifth win in a row, and his second TKO-win in a row. He ended up beating Matt Mitrione and Fedor Emelianenko to win the Grand Prix and the Bellator Heavyweight Championship.
Check out this throwback of Bader’s dominant performance.