Ryan Bader (Daniel Herbertson/Sherdog)

Bellator 180 Results: Bader Edges Davis, Claims Light Heavyweight Title

On Saturday, June 24, Bellator MMA hosted Bellator 180: Davis vs. Bader 2 from Madison Square Garden in New York.

In the card’s headlining affair, light heavyweight champion Phil Davis welcomed fellow UFC veteran Ryan Bader to the Bellator cage. The pair met previously at UFC on Fox 14 in 2015, with Bader claiming a split decision victory. Since then, Davis had reeled off four straight wins and captured gold under the Bellator banner, including wins over Muhammed “King Mo” Lawal and Liam McGeary. Bader entered the promotion having earned back-to-back knockouts and wins in seven of his last eight bouts.

The main card also featured the MMA debut of women’s boxing world champion Heather Hardy, who took on Alice Yauger.


The action kicks on at 6 p.m. ET with five preliminary card bouts streaming live on Combat Press. The main card airs live on Spike at 8 p.m. ET. It will be followed by Bellator NYC live on pay-per-view.

Ryan Bader def. Phil Davis by split decision (49-46, 47-48, 49-46) – for light heavyweight title
James Gallagher def. Chinzo Machida by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 1, 2:22
Heather Hardy def. Alice Yauger by TKO (punches). Round 3, 4:47
Ryan Couture def. Haim Gozali by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)
Bradley Desir def. Nate Grebb by knockout (punches). Round 1, 2:54
Anthony Giacchina def. Jerome Mickle by submission (rear-naked choke). Round 3, 3:40
Matt Rizzo def. Sergio da Silva by submission (arm-triangle choke). Round 3, 3:48
Hugh McKenna def. John Salgado by submission (kimura). Round 1, 4:06