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Bellator 256 live blog: Ryan Bader vs. Lyoto Machida 2

Ryan Bader and Lyoto Machida face off ahead of their light heavyweight main event bout Friday at Bellator 256 in Uncasville, Conn.
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This is the Bellator 256 live blog for Ryan Bader vs. Lyoto Machida 2, the light heavyweight headliner for Friday’s fight card at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

The Bader-Machida rematch serves as the opening quarterfinal bout of the Bellator Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix. All tournament bouts will be contested over five rounds.

Bader seeks to avenge a December 2012 loss to Machida when both were contenders in the UFC. Machida defeated Bader by second-round KO in their first meeting.

This will be Bader’s first fight since losing the Bellator light heavyweight title to Vadim Nemkov in August. Bader still currently holds Bellator’s heavyweight title.

Machida is 2-2 with Bellator since parting ways with the UFC in 2018. He is coming off of consecutive losses to Phil Davis and Gegard Mousasi. The 18-year veteran has continued to compete at both light heavyweight and middleweight.

Check out the Bellator 256 live blog below.