Arab Times

Bader defeats King Mo with 1st-round KO at Bellator 199

Nunes retains UFC title


SAN JOSE, California, May 13, (AP): Ryan Bader’s first punch as a heavyweigh­t was enough to put the rest of the division on notice — and moved the 34-year-old fighter one step closer to getting a second championsh­ip belt wrapped around his waist. It certainly got King Mo’s attention. Bader made a quick and impressive debut in the heavyweigh­t division, stopping Muhammed ‘King Mo’ Lawall 15 seconds into the first round of the main event at Bellator 199.

Bader (25-5, 11 knockouts) sent Lawall sprawling to the mat with a crisp left hook — the first punch of the fight. Bader quickly pounced and landed repeated right hands before referee Mike Beltron stepped in to stop the fight, the last of the quarterfin­al matches of the Bellator Heavyweigh­t Grand Prix.

The abrupt end capped a card that was lacking in action most of the night until Bader’s big left landed on Lawall’s chin,

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