Bellator 226 Results: Bader vs Kongo Heavyweight Championship Highlights



  • Ryan Bader (27-5, 1 NC) and Cheick Kongo (30-10-2, 1 NC) was ruled a no-contest due to an accidental eye poke
  • Derek Campos (20-9) defeated Daniel Straus (26-9) via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-25, 30-25)
  • Adam Borics (14-0) defeated Pat Curran (23-9) via TKO (punches) at 4:59 of round one
  • Pedro Carvalho (11-3) defeated Sam Sicilia (17-10) via submission (face-crank) at 1:56 of round two
  • Emmanuel Sanchez (19-4) defeated Tywan Claxton (5-1) via submission (triangle choke) at 4:11 of round two
  • Daniel Carey (7-3) defeated Gaston Bolanos (5-2) via technical submission (guillotine) at 4:19 of round one


  • Ivan Batinich (4-1) defeated Daniel Compton (2-2) via submission (rear-naked choke) a 4:33 of round two
  • Tyson Miller (1-0) defeated Albert Gonzales (1-2) via TKO at 1:18 of round one
  • Alan Benson (1-1) defeated Favian Gutierrez (2-3) via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Peter Ishiguro (2-1) defeated Elias Anderson (0-1) via unanimous decision (29-28 x3)
  • Daniel Gonzalez (3-2) defeated Jon Adams (0-1-1) via TKO (strikes) at 4:56 of round two
  • Cornelius Savage (1-0) defeated Evan Gubera (0-2) via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • John Macapa (23-4-2) defeated Ashleigh Grimshaw (20-11-1) via TKO (corner stoppage) at 5:00 of round two
  • Adam Piccolotti (12-3) defeated Jake Smith (7-3) via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:34 of round two
  • Jessica Borga (3-2) defeated Amber Leibrock (3-4) via submission (armbar) at 4:45 of round one
  • Cass Bell (4-0) defeated Isaiah Rocha (1-1) via submission (guillotine choke) at 1:21 of round one
  • Batsumberel Dagvadorj (6-0) defeated James Terry (20-11) via submission (bulldog choke) at 2:43 of round one
  • Renato Valente Alves (6-4) defeated Abraham Vaesau (5-3) via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:36 of round three
  • Hyder Amil (4-0) defeated Ignacio Ortiz (2-1-1) via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
  • Chris Gonzalez (3-0) defeated Luis Vargas (2-4) via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-26, 30-25)

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111 Comments on "Bellator 226 Results: Bader vs Kongo Heavyweight Championship Highlights"

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  2. The science behind it is when ryan bader's thumb pushed up kongo's nose it added pressure and up to his eye so kongo got hurt. Ryan bader is smart and knew what hes doing with those type of dangerous technique and thats why hes the most dangerous fighter in the world.

  3. Kongo faked that eye poke and is the biggest PUSSY in all of MMA. You dont fake injuries to avoid a loss or getting your ass kicked. You take that shit like a man and show the victor respect by shaking hands at the end of the fight. What a shame he did that to bader.

  4. It's amazing how blacks cry like little girls when things don't go there way!!! D.C., Check, Rampage & Black Lives Matter if we don't win boohoo!!! Ryan will stay champion because of dedication & skills!!! Keep falling them BADER!!!

  5. Kongo's eyes were shut tight before the thumb went to his nose. That makes me think, if there was an eye poke, it happened when Kongo's head was down and they were wrestling each other's hands. It also looked like Bader's glove could've raked across Kongo's eye whenever he lifted his head up. Not saying there was definitely an eye poke, but the thumb in the nose seems to be distracting people from the fact that Bader's hand was in Kongo's face for a good bit and he was clenching his eye before the thumb to the nose even happened.

  6. That was no bueno for bellator or the betting line for a no contest in the main event for the heavyweight championship. Cheick Congo is an O.G. but I don't think he was expecting what he got from Bader. I've seen way worse continue.

  7. Wow first fight, refs have to do better job. A fighter went limb for a few seconds, not good at all. I was happy to see him standing and clapping. I respect all fighters and don’t wish to see anyone seriously damaged. Also credit to the winner who made the ref aware of it.
    I don’t even know the guy tbh but for sure he has a family and we must all wish these fighters return to their loved ones alive and well…

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