Ryan Bader and Lyoto Machida will rematch in the headliner of tonight’s Bellator 256 event.
The bout will serve as part of the opening round of Bellator’s light heavyweight tournament.
Machida (26-10 MMA) and Bader (27-6 MMA) first collided eight years ago under the UFC banner, with ‘The Dragon’ emerging victorious by way of second round knockout.
Ryan Bader had entered tonight’s contest in hopes of rebounding from his recent title loss to Vadim Nemkov at Bellator 244. The loss marked the current heavyweight champs first in eight fights.
Meanwhile, Lyoto Machida entered tonight’s Bellator 256 headliner in hopes of snapping his current two-fight losing skid. The former UFC light heavyweight champion was coming off losses to Phil Davis and Gegard Mousasi in his most recent efforts.
Machida had an excellent opening round in tonight’s rematch with Bader, landing some beautiful kicks to the head and body of ‘Darth’. However, when the American began to utilize is wrestling in round two, the tide quickly turned in his favor.
— BellatorMMA (@BellatorMMA) April 10, 2021
Official Bellator 256 Result: Ryan Bader def. Lyoto Machida by unanimous decision (49-45 x2, 49-46)
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