Bellator MMA returns to the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut with Bellator 256 on Friday night.
Former Bellator light heavyweight champion Ryan Bader will meet Lyoto Machida in a five-round Bellator Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix quarterfinal bout in the night’s main event. The two men met once previously under the UFC banner with Machida coming out on top back in 2012.
Also, on the main card, former UFC fighters Liz Carmouche and Cat Zingano each look to record their second wins under the Bellator MMA banner. Carmouche will meet Vanessa Porto at flyweight, while Zingano has agreed to a featherweight contest against Olivia Parker.
Preliminary action will begin at 6 p.m. on April 9, with a free live stream above. The card then moves to Showtime beginning at 9 p.m. ET.
Complete Bellator 256 results below:
MAIN CARD (Showtime, 9 p.m. ET)
Ryan Bader defeated Lyoto Machida via unanimous decision (49-46, 49-45, 49-45) – light heavyweight tournament quarterfinal
Liz Carmouche defeated Vanessa Porto via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Adam Borics defeated Jeremy Kennedy via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Cat Zingano defeated Olivia Parker via submission (armbar) – Round 1, 2:56
Dan Moret defeated Goiti Yamauchi via split decision (28-29, 29-28, 29-28)
PRELIMINARY CARD (MyMMANews.com, 6 p.m. ET)
Dalton Rosta defeated Tony Johnson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Talita Nogueira defeated Jessica Borga via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)
Jornel Lugo defeated Cass Bell via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Cody Law defeated Nathan Ghareeb via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Jaylon Bates defeated Jeffrey Glossner via submission (guillotine choke) – Round 2, 1:27
Nainoa Dung defeated Izzy William via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Diana Avsaragova defeated Tara Graff via KO – Round 1, 0:29
John Douma defeated Will Smith split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)