Ryan Bader is set for his first title defence since becoming the first Bellator simultaneous two-weight champion.
Announced officially by the promotion on Thursday, Bader will defend his newly acquired title against veteran heavyweight Cheick Kongo at Bellator 226 on September 7th.
— Scott Coker (@ScottCoker) July 11, 2019
Bader (27-5) claimed the vacant Bellator heavyweight championship in January of this year after defeating Fedor Emelianenko in the finals of the promotion’s heavyweight grand prix. The 36-year old scored a first round KO win over Emelianenko after defeating Muhammad Lawal and Matt Mitrione in the tournament’s previous rounds. ‘Darth’ also holds Bellator’s light heavyweight title having defeated Phil Davis for the belt in 2017 and subsequently defending the championship against Linton Vassell in November 2017.
Kongo (30-10-2) meanwhile has gone on a remarkable run in the heavyweight division having been undefeated since 2015 over an eight-fight run. The 44-year old Frenchman last fought at Bellator 216 in February where he handed former Bellator champion Vitaly Minakov his first professional loss.