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Bader signs with Bellator MMA

Discussion in 'Cageside - MMA Discussion' started by Clappin'Daddys, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. Clappin'Daddys

    Clappin'Daddys Well-Known Member

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    Bellator President Scott Coker today informed MMAjunkie that Bader will today accept a multi-fight contract deal with the Viacom-owned promotion, ending a period of free agency after fighting out his UFC contract.

    Bader (22-5 MMA, 15-5 UFC) is currently the No. 5 fighter in the USA TODAY Sports/MMAjunkie MMA light-heavyweight rankings. Coker did not disclose a timeline for the fighter’s promotional debut.

    The winner of “The Ultimate Fighter 8” most recently fought this past November at UFC Fight Night 100, where he stopped Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in a rematch of a 2010 meeting he won via decision. It was his second consecutive win following a knockout loss to current UFC title contender Anthony Johnson that delayed his mission to fight for the belt.

    Before that setback, Bader struggled to gain traction in the UFC’s 205-pound division despite a five-fight winning streak that had him rising in the rankings. He appeared to line up a title shot when he clashed with Daniel Cormier after Cormier seized the vacant title at UFC 187. But the promotion subsequently picked onetime title challenger Alexander Gustafsson as the next challenger.

    Bader subsequently told MMAjunkie his plan was to forget about the title and keep winning fights. But after two wins, his career position didn’t seem to improve, and he signaled he would fight out his contract and test the open market. While he maintained his desire to stay in the UFC, he said he would entertain other offers.

    This past month, UFC President Dana White indicated he wouldn’t push to keep Bader in the fold.

    “We had told Ryan Bader he was good to go,” White said. “We knew he was going to go to Bellator the entire time. I think Bellator is a good place for Ryan Bader. At this point in his career, I think it’s the right move for him.”

    It took more than one month for Bader to put pen to paper, but today his move is complete. He already owns a win over current Bellator champ Phil Davis, whom he beat in the octagon in January 2015 at UFC on FOX 14.

    For more on Bellator’s upcoming schedule, stay tuned to the MMA Rumors section of the site.


    UFC vet Ryan Bader to sign multi-fight deal with Bellator, debut not set
     
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  2. Rambo John J

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    Lol @ the back handed compliment from Dana
     
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  4. Clappin'Daddys

    Clappin'Daddys Well-Known Member

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    I don't think it was a message to bader, moreso a message to the rest of the UFC roster.

    "Test free agency; we won't bid anyone up. How lucky do you feel"

    It's a dangerous strategy imo. UFC could be testing to see if Bellator reaches a spending cap. In doing so though, they are letting go of some legit talent, especially as of late. Initially, it was the koschecks, the thomsons. Those who have seen better days. Recently though, it's been the larkins, rorys, badgers. Those who are highly ranked.

    Ufc is hard pressed for money. Bellator better take advantage of the next couple of years and build.
     
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    This makes sense.

    Hope he makes bank
     
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  7. TheEmperorRises

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    Current state of the UFC....

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  8. stielar

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    Yep...here is how I think Coker and co are sinking that ufc ship. They are eliminating the win bonus system. So instead of saying you'll get 50k plus 50k more if you win, Bellator says we'll give you 100k.

    The ufc won't match these terms because it will ruin their financial status quo with their roster. So now they end up with Manoywa or whatever the fuck his name is being a title contender. The Fertittas were wise to sell. And White probably doesn't give a fuck anymore after making all this money he did during the sale.
     
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  10. Clappin'Daddys

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  11. jeicex

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    I'm still surprised the UFC let him go after two KO/TKO wins. I have been reading more and more that WME wants to let previously-negotiated fighter contracts end and give the free agent market a chance to show what fighters are really worth.

    This could be just the beginning.
     
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    Open the floodgates!

    Huge signing for Bellator.



    What does that say to the younger fighters coming up, knowing all the stars who have fought for the UFC for years is jumping ship.

    Times are changing the shift is on.
     
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