March 23, 2017

Ryan Bader signs with Bellator MMA

21 March 2017, 01:12 | Pamela Mathis

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An opponent or date have not been confirmed for Bader's Bellator debut.

Bellator President Scott Coker informed that Bader will sign a multi-fight deal with the promotion.

Bellator MMA will be returning to pay-per-view for the first time since Bellator 120 in May 2014 with Bellator 180: Sonnen vs. Silva.

"I think [Bellator 180] will be the most exciting fight card in MMA this year so far", Coker told AP.

Ryan Bader is on his way to Bellator. Bellator is owned by media conglomerate Viacom, and airs regularly on Spike TV.

Bellator 180 takes place on June 24. That event was headlined by Quinton "Rampage" Jackson's first tussle with Muhammad "King Mo" Lawal.

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The Bellator brand has not yet broken into NY, since professional mixed martial arts was legalized there in 2016.

The Ultimate Fighter (TUF) season eight victor had 20 professional mixed martial arts (MMA) bouts under the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) banner.

Sonnen (28-15-1) is coming off a first-round submission loss to Tito Ortiz in January. I'm ranked No. 4 in the UFC.

The event will also be taking place in the legendary Madison Square Garden in New York, York and will be the promotion's debut in New York.

Silva (35-12-1, 1 NC) hasn't fought since a 2013 stoppage of Brian Stann.

Bader quickly established himself as a formidable light heavyweight by winning The Ultimate Fighter Season 8 in 2008 with a run that saw him defeat Tom Lawlor, Kyle Kingsbury and Vinny Magalhaes. He was supposed to fight Mirko Cro Cop in the Rizin FF grand prix tournament last December but pulled out with an injury. No other bouts have been made official for the landmark card.

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