Ryan Bader vs. Cheick Kongo Official for Bellator 226
Bellator double-champ Ryan Bader will defend his heavyweight title against Cheick Kongo at Bellator 226 on September 7. Scott Coker announced the fight today on Twitter.
Bader (27-5) is riding a 7-fight win streak, most recently defeating Fedor Emelianenko by first round knockout at Bellator 214 in January to earn the heavyweight belt. Also the current light heavyweight champion, Bader holds victories over Fedor, Phil Davis, Linton Vassell, “King Mo” Lawal, and Matt Mitrione since making the jump from the UFC to Bellator in 2017.
Kongo (30-10-2) is on an 8-fight win streak, most recently defeating former champ Vitaly Minkov by unanimous decision in a rematch at Bellator 216 in February. Kongo holds notable victories over the likes of Minkov, Alexander Volkov, Augusto Sakai, and Timothy Johnson under the Bellator banner.