Two division Bellator MMA champion Ryan Bader has signed a new multi-year deal with the promotion.
MMA Fighting first reported the news, but didn’t mention the exact length of the contract or any financial numbers associated with the deal.
Bader (27-5-0) is undefeated thus far under the Bellator MMA banner, which includes capturing both the promotion’s light heavyweight and heavyweight championships in less than two years time. Bader would defeat Phil Davis by split decision at Bellator 180 to capture the light heavyweight strap, while defeating the trio of King Mo, Matt Mitrione and Fedor Emelianenko in the Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix to take home the heavyweight gold. Bader hasn’t suffered a defeat in over three years, with that last loss coming against Anthony Johnson at UFC On Fox 18 in January of 2016. Bader dominated his run in the heavyweight world grand prix, spending less than six minutes time competing in the three round tournament.
There is no word yet on when Bader is expected to return to action, but he is expected to defend the heavyweight gold next against fellow UFC veteran Cheick Kongo, but nothing has been made official at this time.