Main event of Bellator 226 event Ryan Bader vs Cheick Kongo ended up in no contest after accidental eye poke from Ryan Bader after ground and pound. It was a first round, Bader start swinging and some of the shots landed on Kongo’s head who was backing down. After couple of exchanges Bader went for a takedown and ended up on top of Kongo who was sitting with his back next to the cage. Bader started some ground and pound from a sitting position and accidental eye poked Kongo. Referee saw that , and he invited doctor in the cage. After checking out Kongo’s eye doctor said that he can not continue and fight was stopped in minute 3:52 of very first round.
— Jed I. Goodman (@jedigoodman) September 7, 2019
September 10, 2019 Tags: Bellator 226, Cheick Kongo, Ryan Bader
The main event is a NO CONTEST ‼️
Bader remains the Bellator Heavyweight champion 🇺🇸#Bellator226 results: Ryan Bader vs. Cheick Kongo, no contest due to accidental eye poke – Round 1, 3:52.
Bader’s record at heavyweight is now 3-0-1 NC.
— ON: MMA (@OnMMA) September 8, 2019