Sunday , October 17 2021

Chael Sonnen to Bellator champ Ryan Bader: 'Quit calling out bums'

Chael Sonnen is calling for a shot at double champion Ryan Bader after Bellator 214.

Bader (27-5 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) became the first two-division titleholder in Bellator history on Saturday when he stopped Fedor Emelianenko (38-6 MMA, 2-2 BMMA) by knockout in 35 seconds to win the heavyweight grand prix. "Darth" added the heavyweight strap to his title ledger, which also includes the light heavyweight belt.

Twitter reacts to Ryan Bader's KO of Fedor Emelianenko to become a double champ at Bellator 214

Even before beating Emelianenko, Bader said he intended to defend both titles if the Bellator Brass would allow it. His next move is not determined, but Sonnen (30-16-1 MMA, 2-2 BMMA), who was eliminated by Emelianenko in the grand prix semifinals, is continuing his claim for the next crack at the 205-pound belt ( way Twitter):

After Sonnen's first-round TKO loss to Emelianenko at Bellator 208 in October, he said he felt he was the top contender in the light heavyweight division. Bader has shown previous interest in the matchup, well, and now it remains to be seen as Bellator books is the first dual champion going forward.

For complete coverage of Bellator 214, check out the MMA Events section of the site.

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