Ryan Bader is no longer two-division world champion. Making the second defense of his light heavyweight title in the headliner of Bellator 244, he faced challenger Vadim Nemkov. The scheduled for five rounds championship bout didn’t go the distance.
It was all over in Round 2. Nemkov delivered a powerful right kick to the head, dropping Bader to the canvas. He followed it up with a barrage of strikes all way till the moment when the fight was stopped.
At some point the defending champion almost managed to get back on his feet, yet, as he was getting repeatedly hit to the face, the fight got back on the floor. The challenger wouldn’t stop dominating, continuously landing hands.
Badr was trying hard to cover it up, and yes, got up and started to retreat, but only to get dropped once again, when Nemkov threw left hand from behind. After that the referee has seen enough. The fight was stopped and waved off at the official time stamp of 3 minutes and 2 seconds into the second round.
With the win Vadim Nemkov became a new Bellator light heavyweight champion. He scored the seventh win in a row and updated his record to 12-2.
Ryan Bader dropped to 27-6, 1 NC and lost light heavyweight title. He is still the reigning heavyweight champion.