Daniel Cormier vs. Ryan Bader Floated as First Cross-Promotion Super Fight in MMA History

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  1. ReadWrite

    ReadWrite Black Belt Platinum Member

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    Daniel Cormier became the first man to win light heavyweight and heavyweight belts simultaneously in the UFC. Shortly after, Ryan Bader conquered both titles under the Bellator banner with an impeccable run at the heavyweight tournament.

    Bader won the 205-pound gold in his Bellator debut by defeating Phil Davis via split decision and defended it with a second-round finish over Linton Vassell. “Darth” didn’t think twice when Bellator announced its plans to hold a heavyweight grand prix, and he couldn’t have done better.

    In an eight-month span, Bader dominated Matt Mitrione and knocked out “King Mo” Lawal and Fedor Emelianenko — in a combined time of 50 seconds — to win his second belt. Cormier’s double championship run included finishes over Volkan Oezdemir, Stipe Miocic and Derrick Lewis in 2018, making fans wonder how a fight between both champ-champs would go down.

    DC and “Darth” were booked to fight in 2015, but Cormier was shifted to a title fight with Anthony Johnson instead. Bader was riding a four-fight winning streak at the time, and added another one to his record over Rashad Evans months later, but the championship collision with Cormier never came to fruition.

    Following Bader’s incredible tournament run, barely getting punched throughout the entire heavyweight grand prix and winning 12 of his last 13 fights over former UFC, Pride, Strikeforce and Bellator titleholders, Power MMA head coach Jair Lourenco sees him ready to prove he’s better than UFC’s heavyweight king.

    “That’s the fight we wanted. That’s the fight everybody wanted. It’s an old rivalry, and it would be the first champ-champ vs. champ-champ cross-promotion in MMA history. That only happens in boxing. That’s a fight I wanted to see.”

    Lourenco started coaching Bader in 2016. . . and currently sees his student as one of the three best pound-for-pound fighters in MMA today. For the Brazilian, Bader can stop Cormier.

    “I believe that a five-round fight would be a great scenario for us,” Lourenco said. “Bader does great in five-round fights, but they both have heavy hands. I wouldn’t be surprised if it was a war, but I believe Bader has a great chance of finishing him inside five rounds.

    “Cormier is a great guy, much respect to him, but I see a good match-up for Bader. Cormier is an excellent wrestler with a good game on short range, the same game Bader does well. Cormier did more in pure wrestling, but Bader’s wrestling in great for MMA.”

    Both Bellator and the UFC have yet to announce who’s next for the champions.

    https://www.mmafighting.com/2019/2/...-daniel-cormier-champ-superfight-ufc-bellator
     
  2. Rex Kwon Do

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    Fake news

    It's being floated by thirsty ass Bellator, maybe. They like the cross-promotional stuff; UFC is the biggest game in town, they don't need it (aside from the boxing freakshow with the two biggest names in combat sports, of course).
     
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    I could see dana actually doing this. He knows Bader isnt beating DC. If you can eat prime rumble's shots bader aint fucking with you. He wont out wrestle DC.

    talk about away for make Bellator look inferior, to casuals anyway

    edit (because hardcore's know overall they are already inferior)
     
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    This thread has potential to get a "No" record. Shame by others. Like a joke no one laughs? Man, who cares about Ryan Bumder. Only Cormier's fans approve this. They approved Black Bum, so...

    The only fight that makes sense to Cormier is Stipe and nothing else.
     
  7. bootsy

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    “Super Fight”
     
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    Make it happen to destroy Bellator.
     
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    Weak thread TS.

    Everyone and their grandmother know this fight will never happen.
     
  10. VinceArch

    VinceArch Venom in the veins.

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    UFC will have no part of that.
     
  11. fightfan70

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    too much talking and not enough fighting theses days.
     
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    yes. Make it happen, Dana-Coker hybrid.
     
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    So if Fedor won it'd be Dc vs Fedor. Godman, y u so old Fedor...

    :,(
     
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    I'd like to see it, but it doesn't hold the same weight now that DC doesn't hold two belts.

    CHAMP CHAMP - CHAMP CHAMP. Now THAT'S a poster.
     
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    Jones 3 makes more sense, he already put Stipe to Sleep while he has not beat Jones in two fights.
     
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    Thenewguysnm1 Yellow Card Yellow Card

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    By stipe you mean the guy he knocked out cold and hasn’t fought since?
     
  17. Reign009

    Reign009 Black Belt With Them Posts

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    This literally could have just happened in the UFC lol.

    I still imagine Bader as a UFC guy.
     
  18. Korolla

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    Shut up and take my money!

    Cormier will toss him around like he was a professional juggler though.
     
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    Thenewguysnm1 Yellow Card Yellow Card

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    All this does is increase Bellators name
    They won’t do it, nothing to gain
     
  20. TrueBias

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    Theyre just seeing if this will create buzz. It doesnt, which is why i didnt vote.
     

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