John McCarthy believes that Bellator heavyweight and light-weight heavyweight champion Ryan Bader would not get the credit score that he deserves within the MMA world.
Bader, nicknamed ‘Darth’, turned the primary fighter to carry belts in two divisions concurrently in Bellator MMA historical past.
He defeated Phil Davis to grow to be gentle heavyweight champion earlier than including the heavyweight title by knocking out Fedor Emelianenko in simply 35 seconds.
However famed MMA referee McCarthy believes Bader (27-5-0) fails to obtain the credit score he deserves, regardless of his excellent report within the Bellator cage.
Chatting with Sky Sports activities‘ Ed Draper, McCarthy stated: “I do not suppose he fairly will get what he deserves. You’ve got to check out Ryan Bader.
“When Bader got here up he solely fought about 4 or 5 fights earlier than he went into the Final fighter. He went into that and wins that after which he is dealing with all of those actually good fighters all through his profession within the UFC when he was nonetheless studying himself. He was studying methods to be a fighter, he was studying methods to chill out at occasions within the struggle, studying when do you flip it on.
“Now you check out the best way Ryan Bader has been combating. He’s so significantly better as a fighter at present than when he was when combating within the UFC. He is a totally totally different animal.
“He makes use of his wrestling (expertise), he stands up, he makes use of his footwork. His footwork at all times seems to be a bit clunky and harsh, however he strikes his ft nicely to get himself right into a state of affairs, throws his pictures, and pulls himself out. He has energy. He’s an enormous, sturdy man, however he is additionally quick, very similar to Fedor. So when he is dealing with these heavyweights they’ve a tough time coping with the velocity that he brings to that struggle.”
Watch Ryan Bader within the newest episode of Bellator MMA Recharged at 10pm Saturday on Sky Sports activities Motion