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Bellator 290 is this Saturday and it's Bader vs. Fedor 2. Will Ryan Bader dominate in the main event? Lightning Locks answers.
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Bader vs. Fedor 2 Prediction, Pick, Odds: Will Ryan Bader Dominate the Bellator 290 Main Event?

This Saturday our beloved second-place Combat Sports League returns with a fiery vengeance, as Bellator MMA touches down on top of The Forum of all places to handle its consequential business, with the Inglewood card consisting of some very familiar faces and always game veterans looking to turn back the clock and relive the glory days for old times sake. Of course, the biggest of this instance can be seen on full display with the main event of Fedor Emelianenko and Ryan Bader rearing its ugly head to the great dismay of everyone and anyone if your name isn't Ryan Bader. The fact of the matter is nobody wants to see this championship run back, especially this ridiculously late into "The Last Emperor's" lifespan. 

Bader vs. Fedor 2 Start Time and Where to Watch

  • Date: Thursday, February 4, 2022
  • Start Time: 9:00 pm ET
  • Where to Watch: CBS

Bader vs. Fedor 2 Odds

Moneyline: Bader (-320), Fedor (+280)

Total Rounds: Over 2.5 (+310), Under 2.5 (-480)

Will Fight Go the Distance: No (-910), Yes (+650)

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Bader vs. Fedor 2 Prediction

I mean was the first occurrence not disgusting enough? I get Bader is also no spring chicken and is in the twilight of his own career, but Fedor has been expired goods for a better part of two decades at this point. Sure he has had some fantastic old guy wins in recent years against the likes of fellow senior citizens of the sport and laughably out-of-shape competitors like Tim Johnson and Rampage Jackson, but if Bader's last contest against the Russian protégé Valentin Moldavsky is any indication, "The Master" Bader should comfortably roll yet again in the grander scheme of it all. 

At the end of the day, Fedor should be looking for legendary fights not the belt for quite a variety of different reasons. For one, considering this is his alleged last go at things he has no future with the promotion even if he was to magically secure the strap. Second, the man's chin is absolute sawdust at this point, everyone including and especially Fedor is well aware of this. Because of this debilitating, irreversible factor, Emelianenko must be matched with a foe of equal levels of washed if Bellator doesn't want another crime scene and copious amounts of blood to be on their hands.

MMA retirements literally never go according to plan, and subsequently, the legends that we have followed for seemingly a millennium end up being too tough for their own good and overstay their welcome because of it. Of course, that is why we have all fallen in love with these guys, their indomitable spirit and ability to persist through thick and thin is nothing short of awe-inspiring. Sadly however we are here to make money when it's all said and done, so look for the Easiest Fight in the Division Ryan Bader to blast Fedor Emelianenko early, laying him out in comical fashion before the first five minutes even manage to conclude.

Bader vs. Fedor 2 Pick

BET - Ryan Bader ML (-320) Bet $100 to collect $131 Get the best odds at FanDuel, click here to bet

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