Ryan Bader put his heavyweight title on the line against Cheick Kongo in the headliner of tonight’s Bellator 226 event in San Jose.
‘Darth’ entered tonight’s Bellator 226 main event on a seven-fight win streak, which included victories over Ilir Latifi, Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Linton Vassell, Mo Lawal and Matt Mitrione.
Meanwhile, Cheick Kongo (30-10-2 MMA) ntered tonight’s championship contest on an eight-fight winning streak, his latest being a decision victory over Vitaly Minakov at Bellator 216.
Tonight’s Bellator heavyweight title tilt was being dominated by Ryan Bader in the early moments before an accidental eye poke resulted in the fight being called off. Due to the nature of the incident the bout was ruled a no-contest.
Check out how the pros reacted to the Bellator 226 main event below:
The Ryan Bader v Cheick Kongo heavyweight title fight is going to be ruled a NC after an accidental eye poke from Bader left Kongo unable to see out of his left eye. He seems to be in a lot of pain.
— Ariel Helwani (@arielhelwani) September 8, 2019
He knew exactly what he was doing. Bader is a coward,he was clearly winning the round,why eye poke🤷🏾♂️ hope my brother @WinbackUSA heals fast and that it’s not a bad injury.😡🤬@bellatormma FYI it should’ve been a… https://t.co/lSERiKKHcY
— Rampage Jackson (@Rampage4real) September 8, 2019
Sometimes, these things happen… #Bellator226
— Scott Coker (@ScottCoker) September 8, 2019
Wow, Cheick Kongo has won eight fights in a row!
Also, Cheick Kongo is 44 years old!
This concludes the "Cheick Kongo Facts" section of the evening. #Bellator226
— JE Snowden (@JESnowden) September 8, 2019
Official Bellator 226 Result: Ryan Bader vs. Cheick Kongo ends in a no-contest
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