Main Event Sees Heavyweight Champ Ryan Bader Return to 205-Pounds to Rematch Former Champion Lyoto Machida in World Grand Prix Quarterfinal

 LOS ANGELES – BELLATOR MMA has today confirmed the full fight card for BELLATOR MMA 256: Bader vs. Machida 2 this Friday, April 9 inside the “FightSphere” at Mohegan Sun Arena. The event is the second of three straight weeks of action on SHOWTIME with the card set to begin live at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. ET

The BELLATOR MMA Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix kicks off with a Quarterfinal matchup featuring former two-division champion and No. 1 contender Ryan Bader (27-6, 1 NC) andfourth-ranked Lyoto Machida (26-10) in an exciting rematch between the two veterans.

Four other exciting bouts round out the BELLATOR MMA 256 main card on SHOWTIME, including No. 2 Liz Carmouche (14-7) taking on the debuting Vanessa Porto (22-8) at flyweight, a women’s featherweight matchup between No. 3 Cat Zingano (11-4) and Knoxville, Tennessee-native Olivia Parker (4-1), a men’s featherweight contest pitting No. 3 Adam Borics (16-1) againstNo. 8 Jeremy Kennedy (16-2, 1 NC) and No. 3 Goiti Yamauchi (25-4) versus newly signed Dan Moret (14-6) in an explosive opening lightweight bout.

The preliminary card is set for eight bouts and is highlighted by a battle of top-10 bantamweights, as No. 8 Cass Bell (5-1) takes on No. 10 Jornel Lugo (5-0). Plus, undefeated middleweight Dalton Rosta (4-0), former featherweight title challenger Talita Nogueira (7-2), undefeated featherweight prospect Cody Law (2-0) and lightweight Nainoa Dung (3-2) are also scheduled to compete. All prelims will stream live at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT on the BELLATOR MMA YouTube channel, SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel and Pluto TV. Full bout listings are below:

BELLATOR MMA 256: Bader vs. Machida 2 Main Card:


9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT 

Light Heavyweight WGP Quarterfinal Bout: #1-Ryan Bader (27-6, 1 NC) vs. #4-Lyoto Machida (26-10)

Flyweight Co-Main Event: #2-Liz Carmouche (14-7) vs. Vanessa Porto (22-8)

Featherweight Bout: #3-Adam Borics (16-1) vs.  #8-Jeremy Kennedy (16-2, 1 NC)

Featherweight Bout: #3-Cat Zingano (11-4) vs. Olivia Parker (4-1)

Lightweight Bout: #3-Goiti Yamauchi (25-4) vs. Dan Moret (14-6)

 Preliminary Card: 

BELLATOR MMA YouTube Channel | SHOWTIME Sports YouTube Channel | Pluto TV

6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT

Middleweight Bout: Dalton Rosta (4-0) vs. Tony Johnson (9-2)

Featherweight Bout: Talita Nogueira (7-2) vs. Jessica Borga (3-2)

Bantamweight Bout: #8-Cass Bell (5-1) vs. #10-Jornel Lugo (5-0)

Featherweight Bout: Cody Law (2-0) vs. Nathan Ghareeb (2-0)

Bantamweight Bout: Jaylon Bates (1-0) vs. Jeffrey Glossner (2-1)

Lightweight Bout: Nainoa Dung (3-2) vs. Izzy William (4-3)

Flyweight Bout: Diana Avsaragova (2-0) vs. Tara Graff (1-2)

Bantamweight Bout: John Douma (4-2) vs. Will Smith (3-2)


*Card subject to change. 


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