Bellator 207 results: Ryan Bader demolishes Matt Mitrione to advance to Heavyweight Grand Prix final

If Ryan Bader’s 13-second knockout win in his first-round matchup in May didn’t make him the instant favorite to win the Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix tournament, Friday’s shutout of Matt Mitrione should dissuade any remaining doubters.

Bader (26-5), the reigning Bellator light heavyweight champion, put on a clinic of wrestling and ground-and-pound by dominating Mitrione (13-6) from bell to bell via unanimous decision at Bellator 207 in Uncasville, Connecticut.

How dominant was Bader in his semi-final bout? Not only did he take home judges’ scores of 30-25, 30-24 and 30-25 in the three-round fight, he went virtually untouched save for a left cross that Mitrione landed to open the second round.

“I’m fighting a 255-pound guy here and getting on top of him and doing what I know which is what’s best for that gameplan,” Bader said. “I started taking him down and punishing him, more, more more. It was 10-8 rounds for every round there. I don’t like to fight like that but you’ve got to stick with what you’ve got.”

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Although Bader, 35, began to weather boos from the Mohegan Sun Arena crowd by Round 3, his performance left absolutely nothing to balk at. Not only was

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