Belts on The Line
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Who won Bader vs Emelianenko?
Ryan Bader beat Fedor Emelianenko by during the main event of Bellator 290, on Saturday 4th February 2023 at Kia Forum in Inglewood.
The scorecards were announced as in favor of winner Ryan Bader.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 5 rounds in the Heavyweight division, which meant there was no weight limit.
This contest was for the Bellator heavyweight championship.
Bader vs Emelianenko stats
Ryan Bader stepped into the octagon with a record of 30 wins, 7 loses and 0 draws, 12 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 3 by submission.
Fedor Emelianenko made his way to the cage with a record of 40 wins, 6 loses and 0 draws, with 16 of those wins by knock out and 15 by submission.
The stats suggested that Bader and Emelianenko have similar power, both with a 40% knock out percentage.
If the fight went to the ground, their records suggested Emelianenko had a large advantage over Bader, boosting at 38% submission rate over Bader's 10%.
Ryan Bader was the younger man by 6 years, at 40 years old.
Bader had a height advantage of 2 inches over Emelianenko. Despite this, Emelianenko had 1-inch reach advantage.
Bader was arguably the less experienced fighter, having had 9 fewer fights, and made his debut in 2007, 6 year and 10 months later than Emelianenko, whose first professional fight was in 2000. He had fought 20 more professional rounds, 89 to Emelianenko's 69.
Bader vs Emelianenko form
Ryan Bader had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated Cheick Kongo at Bellator 280 on 6th May 2022 by unanimous decision in their Bellator Heavyweight championship fight at Accor Arena, Paris, France.
Previous to that, he had defeated Valentin Moldavsky at Bellator 273 on 29th January 2022 by unanimous decision in their Bellator Heavyweight championship fight at Footprint Center, Phoenix, United States.
Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Corey Anderson at Bellator 266 on 16th October 2021 by knockout in the 1st round at Footprint Center, Phoenix.
Before that, he had beat Lyoto Machida at Bellator 256 on 9th April 2021 by unanimous decision in their 5 round contest at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville.
He had lost to Vadim Nemkov at Bellator 244 on 21st August 2020 by knockout in the 2nd round in their Bellator Light Heavyweight championship fight at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville.
Fedor Emelianenko had stopped 4 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had won against Timothy Johnson at Bellator MMA on 23rd October 2021 by knockout in the 1st round at VTB Arena, Moscow, Russia.
Previous to that, he had won against Quinton Jackson at Bellator 237 on 28th December 2019 by knockout in the 1st round at Saitama Super Arena, Saitama, Japan.
Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Ryan Bader at Bellator 214 on 26th January 2019 by knockout in the 1st round at The Forum, Los Angeles, United States.
Before that, he had beat Chael Sonnen at Bellator 208 on 13th October 2018 by knockout in the 1st round at Nassau Coliseum, Long Island.
He had defeated Frank Mir at Bellator 198 on 28th April 2018 by knockout in the 1st round at AllState Arena, Rosemont.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Ryan Bader had been fighting more than Fedor Emelianenko.
Going to this contest, Ryan Bader had last fought 1 year, 4 months and 17 days ago, while Fedor Emelianenko's last outing had been 1 year and 11 months ago.
Bader's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 1 month and 2 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 7 months and 13 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 18 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 3.6 rounds on average.
Emelianenko's last 5 fights had come over a period of 5 years, 4 months and 26 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 1 year and 29 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 5 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 1 rounds on average.
What were the odds on Bader vs Emelianenko?
Ryan Bader was a 2/7 (-340) favourite going into the contest, while Fedor Emelianenko made his way into the ring at 12/5 (+240) with oddsmakers.