Bellator 256 Bader vs Machida 2 09 April 2021 Free Live Stream DX-TV
Bellator 256 Bader vs Machida 2
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Bellator 256 Bader vs Machida 2
The scheduled main event features a light heavyweight rematch between former Bellator champion Ryan Bader and former UFC champion Lyoto Machida. The fight serves as the opening quarterfinal bout of the Bellator Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix.
Also on tap for the Showtime-televised event is a flyweight co-headliner between Liz Carmouche and former Invicta FC champion Vanessa Porto. This will be Porto’s Bellator debut.
Follow Bellator 256 results below.
Main Card (Showtime, 9 p.m. ET)
Ryan Bader vs. Lyoto Machida
Liz Carmouche vs. Vanessa Porto
Adam Borics vs. Jeremy Kennedy
Cat Zingano vs. Olivia Parker
Goiti Yamauchi vs. Dan Moret
Preliminary Card (MMA Fighting, 6 p.m. ET)
Cody Law vs. Nathan Ghareeb
Talita Nogueira vs. Jessica Borga
Diana Avsaragova vs. Tara Graff
Cass Bell vs. Jornel Lugo
Nainoa Dung vs. Izzy William
Dalton Rosta vs. Tony Johnson
Jaylon Bates vs. Jeffrey Glossner
John Douma vs. Will Smith
Bellator MMA’s new relationship with Showtime continues with another Friday night that’s alright for fighting.
Just as we did last week, we’re headlining with a rematch, although this one is almost nine years in the making. At UFC on FOX 4 in Los Angeles, Calif.,
Lyoto Machida knocked out Ryan Bader in the second round at a point in his career where Bader says he, “knew nothing about striking.”
Now, he’s eager to find out how much he’s improved over the last decade by running this fight back a second time.
At age 37, there’s no doubt that Bader has developed from a collegiate wrestling stud to a full-fledged striker,
grappler and submission arts practitioner in the intervening years.
Even so, “Darth” can’t allow himself to take “The Dragon” lightly. It’s true that Machida lost each of his last two fights,
but if you’re losing to both Phil Davis and Gegard Mousasi by split decision, those losses are at least partial victories.
In neither case did Machida get finished and in both cases he made it hard for the judges to choose a winner.
Machida’s single-most potent weapon has always been his “Machida Karate” fighting style, one that still befuddles opponents even at 42 years old.
If you spend too much time trying to gauge the way he switches up speeds and stances,
you’re leaving an opening to get nailed with a big foot or fist to the face, something Bader knows about all too well.
It’s singularly impressive that the mixed martial arts (MMA) world has had to adapt to his unorthodox fighting techniques as opposed to the other way around.
With all that said, I still expect this to be an impressive outing for Bader. Mathematically speaking,
he’s overdue given his Cheick Kongo fight was a “No Contest” and he was overwhelmed by Vadim Nemkov at a point where he still had a Heavyweight fighter’s mentality.
He’ll be leaner and faster for this fight, while Machida has actually looked slower in his recent outings,
seemingly unable to pull the trigger at the perfect time the way he used to.
My suspicion is that Father Time caught up to one man faster than the other.