Daniel Cormier became the first person to acquire light heavyweight and heavyweight belts simultaneously inside the . Shortly after, Ryan Bader defeated both names below the Bellator banner with an illustrious run in the tournament.

“Darth” didn’t think when Bellator announced its own plans to hold a heavyweight prix, and that couldn’t have done .

In an eight-month period, Bader dominated Matt Mitrione and knocked out “King Mo” Lawal and Fedor Emelianenko — in a combined period of 50 minutes — to win his next belt.

Bader was riding a four-fight winning series at the time, and included the following one to his record over Rashad Evans months after, however the championship collision with Cormier never found fruition.

Following Bader’s incredible championship run, just getting hit through the entire heavyweight grand prix and winning 12 of his past 13 battles over former , Pride, Strikeforce and Bellator title-holders, Power MMA head trainer Jair Lourenco sees him prepared to establish he’s better than ’s heavyweight king.

“That’s. That’s the struggle everybody wanted,” Lourenco told MMA Fighting. “It’s an older rivalry, plus it are the very first champ-champ vs. champ-champ cross-promotion in MMA history. That’s. ”

Lourenco started coaching Bader in 20-16, right after his knockout conquer Ilir Latifi, and currently sees his student among the three best pound-for-pound fighters in MMA now. For the ian, Bader can discontinue Cormier.