Latest MMA News (Week 5 January 2019)

Ryan Bader becomes Bellator’s first double champion

Last Saturday night at Bellator 214 saw Ryan Bader, light heavyweight champion of Bellator claim the vacant heavyweight belt, flooring Fedor Emelianenko in a mere 35 seconds. This makes Bader the first double champion in Bellator MMA’s history of 10 years. Coming face to face with Russian legend Fedor Emelianenko, Bader started off with a humungous left hand to the jaw, dropping his opponent to the floor. He then showered a number ofhammerfists on Emelianenko until the referee waved the bout off. Bader is currently 5-0 and has had 12 victories in his 13 fights. He had earned a spot in the finals by defeating Lawal in the quarterfinals and gaining a decision win over Matt Mitrione after that. On the other hand, Emelianenko had qualified for the finals owing to his first-round finishes against ChaelSonnen and Frank Mir. His defeat in the hands of Bader was an unfortunate ending for the sentimental favourite who had hinted at retirement to the press during the fight week.

 

Arnold Allen to face Jordan Rinaldi at UFC London

UFC announced the news of a featherweight fight between Arnold Allen and Jordan Rinaldi to take place at UFC London. The bout was declared through UFC’s social media on Tuesday. Allen recently had a third-round submission victory at UFC Liverpool over opponent Mads Burnell. He has, till now, had an unbeaten run in the Octagon, defeating Yaotzin Meza, Alan Omer, Makwan Amirkhani as well as Mads Burnell.  Meanwhile, “All Day” Rinaldi also had a recent and much awaitedunanimous decision victory over Jason Knight. A 2-2 in UFC as of now, Rinalsi had debuted on short notice as a lightweight, losing by unanimous decision to veteran and promotional stalwart, Abel Trujillo. In his next game, Rinaldi won with a Von Flue choke finish against Alvaro Herrera.

 

Conor McGregor suspended and fined for UFC 229 brawl

Irish fighter Conor McGregor has been awarded a suspension of six months and fined $50,000 for playing a role in the post-fight brawl at the UFC 229. Five of the National Athletic Commission members have voted in favour the above settlement agreement for McGregor. His ban from the sport will be retroactive to the 6th of October, 2018 hence permitting him to compete in matches after 6th April, 2019. At the UFC 229 bout, KhabibNurmangomedov had attempted to attack Dillon Danis, McGregor’s cornerman, after claiming a fourth-round finish, which led to an immense brawl between the teammates of the two fighters. Anthony Marnell, Chairman of NAC stressed on the fact that McGregor’s first acts were still to be considered as defence from the altercation, but it is his engagement with Numangomodev’s team that made sure his case be brought before the NAC.