It’s settled: Two-division Bellator champion Ryan Bader is defending his heavyweight title next. On Thursday, the promotion announced that Bader will return Sept. 7 when he puts his belt on the line against French striker Cheick Kongo in the night’s main event at Bellator 226. Bader (27-5 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) captured the heavyweight strap after winning the Bellator heavyweight grand prix with a 35-second knockout of Russian legend Fedor Emelianenko in the tournament final last January. That victory also saw him become a two-division champion, with the heavyweight title joining the light heavyweight strap he won from Phil Davis in his promotional debut back in June 2017.

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Ryan Bader vs. Cheick Kongo, featherweight grand prix kickoff set for Bellator 226 – MMA Junkie

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