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Bellator champ Ryan Bader on just what two belts at same time would mean to him

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Ryan Bader has a chance to pull off a rare feat this year, and it starts Saturday.

Bader (24-5 MMA, 2-0 BMMA), Bellator’s light heavyweight champion, will take on Muhammed Lawal (21-6 MMA, 10-5 BMMA) in the final opening-round matchup of Bellator’s heavyweight grand prix tournament.

A win for Bader would put him into the semifinals against Matt Mitrione on one side of the bracket. On the other side of the bracket, Chael Sonnen will meet Fedor Emelianenko later this year.

Ahead of Bellator 199 and his main event against Lawal, Bader discussed just what it would be like to win the heavyweight title, which will go to the winner of the tourney, to add to his 205-pound belt and make him a two-division champion.

Bellator 199 takes place Saturday at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif., and the main card airs on Paramount after prelims on MMAjunkie.

Check out the video above to hear from Bader ahead of his fight with “King Mo.”

For more on Bellator 199, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.



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