Belts on The Line
Tape rankings @ Heavyweight
Who won Bader vs Kongo?
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 Kongo stats
Ryan Bader stepped into the ring with a record of 27 wins, 5 loses and 0 draws, 12 of those wins coming by the way of knock out and 3 by submission.
Cheick Kongo made his way to the ring with a record of 30 wins, 10 loses and 2 draws, with 15 of those wins by knock out and 3 by submission.
The stats suggested Kongo had a slight advantage in power over Bader, with a 50% knock out percentage over Bader's 44%.
Ryan Bader was the younger man by 8 years, at 38 years old.
Kongo had a height advantage of 2 inches over Bader. That also extended to a 8-inch reach advantage.
Bader was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 10 less fights, and made his debut in 2007, 5 year and 9 months later than Kongo, whose first professional fight was in 2001. He had fought 26 less professional rounds, 72 to Kongo's 98.
Bader vs Kongo form
Kongo had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight before this contest, he had lost to Timothy Johnson at Bellator 248 on 10th October 2020 by split decision in their 3 round contest at Accor Arena, Paris, France.
Previous to that, he had lost to Ryan Bader at Bellator 226 on 7th September 2019 by split decision in the 1st round in their Bellator Heavyweight championship fight at SAP Center, San Jose, United States.
Going into that contest, he had beat Vitaly Minakov at Bellator 216 on 16th February 2019 by unanimous decision in their 3 round contest at Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville.
Before that, he had won against Timothy Johnson at Bellator 208 on 13th October 2018 by knockout in the 1st round at Nassau Coliseum, Long Island.
He had beat Javy Ayala at Bellator 199 on 12th May 2018 by knockout in the 1st round at SAP Center, San Jose.
Bader's last 4 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 4 months and 5 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 10 months and 2 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 6 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 1.5 rounds on average.
Kongo's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 4 months and 5 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 8 months and 1 day. In those fights, he fought a total of 9 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 1.8 rounds on average.