Jake Hager celebrates his win against J. W. Kiser in their mixed martial arts heavyweight bout at Bellator 214 on Saturday, Jan. 26, 2019, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Chris Carlson)

Bader KOs Fedor in 35 seconds for Bellator heavyweight belt

January 26, 2019 - 8:50 pm

INGLEWOOD, Calif. (AP) — Ryan Bader stopped Fedor Emelianenko just 35 seconds into the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix finale Saturday night, becoming the first Bellator fighter to hold two championship belts simultaneously.

Bader (27-5) floored the vaunted Russian heavyweight with a left hook from distance in the opening exchanges of their long-anticipated bout. He added a right hand on the ground and a hammer fist, forcing the early stoppage at the famous Forum south of downtown Los Angeles.

Bader added the heavyweight title to his 205-pound light heavyweight belt with his seventh consecutive victory. The former Arizona State wrestler had two opening-minute stoppages while winning his three bouts in the eight-man Grand Prix.

The 42-year-old Emelianenko (38-6) planned to consider retirement even if he won.

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