mmafighting.com - 41 days ago
Ryan Bader says he has signed with Bellator, explains unique contract provisions
Ryan Bader to Bellator is official.
Bader confirmed the news to Ariel Helwani on Monday’s edition of The MMA Hour and detailed some of the unique contract provisions that landed him with the promotion. MMAjunkie first reported Bader’s official signing earlier Monday. “Darth” has been a perennial UFC contender at light heavyweight for years. The 33-year-old has been a free agent since a third-round TKO win over Antonio Rogerio Nogueira in November. The UFC had an exclusive negotiating window and then matching rights over any deal, but did not make an offer to match Bellator’s contract, Bader said. Bader said he signed a six-fight deal that has a full purse, rather than splitting between show money and a win bonus. The Arizona resident said he puts his contract up there with almost any other in MMA, with the exception of the very elite.