On Saturday, January 26, 2019, Bellator MMA hosted Bellator 214: Fedor vs. Bader from the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California.
The main event culminates with the finals of the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament, as current light heavyweight champion Ryan Bader squares off against Fedor Emelianenko, with the winner becoming the Bellator Heavyweight Champion.
En route to placing himself in the finals, the former Pride FC champion, Emelianenko scored two TKO victories over Chael Sonnen and Frank Mir.
Bader’s road to the Grand Prix finals was of sheer dominance, defeating Muhammad Lawal and Matt Mitrione.
The night’s co-main event features a highly anticipated featherweight confrontation between Aaron Pico and Henry Corrales. Both men are on a four-fight winning streak, as each combatant looks to continue their winning ways.
The remaining main card bouts are must-see attractions as former WWE Champion Jake Hager (Jack Swagger) makes his MMA debut against J.W Kiser, Juan Archuleta battles Ricky Bandejas, and Brandon McMahan clashes against Adel Altamimi.
The main card airs live on the Paramount Network/DAZN at 9 p.m. ET with two-hour preliminary action starting at 7 p.m. ET.
Below are a full recap and results:
Main Card (Paramount Network/DAZN 9 PM ET)
Fedor Emelianenko vs. Ryan Bader
Bader comes out very aggressive, as “The Last Emperor” remains calm. Bader hits Emelianko with a left hook that sends him crashing to the mat. Bader then rushes his ground opponent with strikes, as the refree steps in to save Fedor from further damage. Ryan Bader is your new Bellator Heavywieght Champion and winner of the Heavyweight Grand Prix tournament.
Ryan Bader (227.8 lbs) def. Fedor Emelianenko (236.2 lbs) via KO in Round 1 at 0:35.
Aaron Pico vs. Henry Corrales
The bout begins with a jab and a cross administered by Pico onto his opponent, following through with another cross jab that rocks Corrales. In a shocking turn of events, in the midst of both opponents trading blows Corrales connects with a earth scattering right cross that knocks Pico out, as the crowd erupts in dismay.
Henry Corrales (145.7 lbs) def. Aaron Pico (145.5 lbs) via KO in Round 1 at 1:07.
Jake Hager vs. J.W. Kiser
J.W hits Hagers that stuns Hager. Hager quickly answers back with a double leg takedown. Hager works in Kiser half guard looking for a key lock submission. Hager follows through with elbows to the bridge of Kiser’s forehead. Hager continues his attacks, advancing his position to securing a head and arm choke forcing Kiser to tap. An impressive debut from Jake Hager.
Jake Hager def. J.W Kiser via head and arm choke in Round 1 at 3:09.
Juan Archuleta vs. Ricky Bandejas
“The Spaniard” Archuleta lifts his opponent in the air for a high impact takedown. Bandejas survives the onslaught, as the fight is back standing. Archuleta tags Bandejas with a jab following through with more punches to the face. Bandejas answers back with a head kick, as Archuleta responds with another cross jab. Archelta presses Bandejas against the cage working for back control, as the round comes to an end.
The begining of the round sees both competitors looking for an opening for strikes. After a brief exchange of strikes from the two fighters, Archuleta gets the upperhand pressing his opponent against the cage to nearly securing the back in the closing seconds of the round.
Bandejas rocks Archuleta with a cross jab. Archuleta then press Bandejas against the cage working for dominant control. Archuleta continues to work for takedowns, as Ricky seems to defend them. The round concludes with both men press forward with punching combinations, in an effort the sway the fight in their favor. Great performance by both combatants.
Juan Archuleta (135.8 lbs) def. Ricky Bandejas (135.9 lbs) via decision (29-28) (29-28) (29-28)
Brandon McMahan vs. Adel Altamimi
Altamimi attacks with two leg kicks to the body, as McMahan presses him against the cage. As the fight continues, while pressed against the cage, Altamimi secures a Kimura grip. Utilizing his superb Brazlian jiu-jitsu, Altamimi keeps the Kimura grip transitioning to an armbar forcing McMahan to tap, in what very well may be the submission of the night.
Adel Altamimi (144.9 lbs) def. Brandon McMahan (144.7 lb)via Armbar in Round 1 at 1:16.
Preliminary Card (Online, 7 PM ET)
Jesse Merritt vs. Thor Skancke
Thor lands some impressive leg kicks, as he follows through with a jab and a cross. Thor later secures a double leg takedown over Merritt working for strikes from the guard.Skancke advances to side control grinding Merritt’s face into the canvas. Skancke then moves to the north/south position, as he is able to secure a head/arm choke forcing Merritt to tap in the first round.
Thor Skancke (168.4 lbs) def. Jorge Merritt (169.4 lbs) via North-South choke in Round 1 at 4:26.
AJ Agazarm vs Jesse Roberts
Roberts hits Agazarm with a jab, following through with another jab/cross. Agazarm goes for a takedown but to no avail. Agazarm pulls guard, as Roberts works for body shots. The fight goes back to standing, with Roberts tagging AJ with more jabs. Agazarm is making a comeback, as he secures a takedown taking his opponent’s back.
Roberts seems to be taunting his opponents early in the round. Agazarm looks for another takedown, as Roberts aggressively defends. Pressing Roberts against the cage, Agazarm secures the takedown. Roberts is able to defend, as the fight is back standing. AJ once again is able to secure a double leg takedown transitioning to the back hunting for a RNC as the round come to an end.
The round as little to no action, With Roberts being more active than Agazarm in the stand up. The crowd is not happy with both fighters performance during the round.
Jeese Roberts (159.8 lbs) def. AJ Agazarm (159.6 lbs) via Spilt Decision. (29-28 Roberts) (29-28 Agazarm) (29-28 Roberts)
Weber Almeida vs. Odan Chinchilla
Both men exchange jabs in the early stages of the round with Almeida getting the better of the exchange. As the pace begins to slow down, Alemida suddenly lands a left jab dropping Chinchilla calling a stop to the fight..
Webber Almeida (136.8 lbs) def. Odan Chinchilla (135 lbs) via KO in the Round 1 at 3:04.
Sean Johnson vs. Art Rivas
Both men trade a barrage of jabs and crosses. Rivas pushes Johnson up against the cage following through with knees and overhand strikes. Rivas continues to dominate the bout securing yet another takedown,punishing Johnson with more strikes and knees from the top position, leaving the refree no choice but to stop the match, giving Rivas the victory.
Art Rivas (225.8 lbs) def. Sean Johnson (252 lbs) via TKO in Round 1 at 4:30.
Jay Jay Wilson vs. Tyler Beneke
Wilson quickly establishes his dominance in the round with a double leg takedown over Beneke.Jay Wilson continues his dominance as he takes Beneke’s back, securing a rear naked choke getting the tap in the first round.
Jay Jay Wilson (146 lbs) def. Tyler Beneke (144 lbs) via RNC in Round 1 at 1:01.
James Barnes vs. Ryan Lilley
With both men appearing to be very cautious of one another Lilley explodes with a head kick from out of no where on Barnes, following through with strikes from the top, calling the refree to put a stop to the fight at 1:03.
Ryan Lilley (135.8) def. James Barnes (135.7) via TKO in Round 1 at 1:03
Ian Butler vs. Craig Plaskett
Bulter pushes Plaskett up against the cage looking to secure a takedown, with Plaskett controlling the remaining of the round.
Plaskett is able to secure another takedown on Butler, pressing him up against the cage. Plaskett continues to work on Bulter, as he is able to secure great takedown offense counter Bulter’s every move.
Both men trade jabs from the stand up position. A slight chuckle occurs as Plaskett cup falls out of his trunks. Plaskett once again presses Bulter against the cage, securing a takedown. The fight goes back to standing, as strikes are exchanges with Plaskett securing another takedown on Bulter. Plaskett wrestling proved to be the determining factor throughout the rounds.
Craig Plaskett (170.9 lb) def. Ian Bulter(169.3 lb) via Unanimous decision (30-27 all)
Steve Ramirez vs. Desmond Torres
Both fighter begin the feeling out process, very cautious of each other. Torres takes Rameirz down and establish dominate ground and pound. Torres transitions to side control where he is able to secure a head and arm choke at 4:21.
Desmond Torress (135.1 lb) def. Steve Rameriz (134.9 lb) via head and arm choke in Round 1 at 4:21.
Chris Gonzalez vs. Henry Mendez
Jorge Juarez vs. David Pacheco
Osman Diaz vs. Christopher Reyes