Ryan Bader knocked out Fedor Emelianenko at Bellator 214 to not only win the heavyweight grand prix tournament, but to become the heavyweight and light heavyweight champion at the same time, the first champ champ in Bellator history. Some of used this victory and tournament to suggest their longstanding view of Bader has been vindicated. I’d offer that his run through the tourney and wins over King Mo, Matt Mitrione and Fedor force us to appreciate not merely the very best fighter in each weight class in the UFC, but the down roster talent that doesn’t always have an opportunity to show just how good they can be.
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