Bellator 273: “Bader vs Moldavsky” is set to air TONIGHT (Sat., Jan 29, 2022) from inside Footprint Center in Phoenix, Ariz., which will be headlined by a heavyweight title fight between division champion, Ryan Bader, taking on the interim champ, Valentin Moldavsky. Also, Darrion Caldwell will face Enrique Barzola in a pivotal bout in the bantamweight division.
Bellator 273 main card will air on Showtime at 10 p.m. ET. MMAmania.com will deliver results for the full card and comprehensive play-by-play for the televised portion of Bellator 273 below.
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BELLATOR 273 QUICK RESULTS:
265 lbs.: Ryan Bader vs. Interim champion Valentin Moldavsky – Bader via unanimous decision (HIGHLIGHTS)
155 lbs.: Benson Henderson vs. Islam Mamedov – Henderson via split-decision (HIGHLIGHTS)
145 lbs.: Henry Corrales vs Aiden Lee – Corrales via unanimous technical decision
170 lbs.: Sabah Homasi vs. Jaleel Willis – Homasi, first-round arm triangle submission (HIGHLIGHTS)
135 lbs.: Darrion Caldwell vs. Enrique Barzola – Barzola via third-round TKO
185 lbs.: Dalton Rosta vs. Daune Johnson – Rosta via unanimous decision
155 lbs.: Chris Gonzalez vs. Saad Awad – Gonzalez via first round KO (HIGHLIGHTS)
205 lbs.: Ben Parrish vs. Sullivan Cauley – Cauley via first round TKO
145 lbs.: Lucas Brennan vs. Benjamin Lugo – Brennan via first round submission
135 lbs.: Nikita Mikhailov vs. Blaine Shutt – Mikhailov via third round TKO
BELLATOR 273 PLAY-BY-PLAY
Ryan Bader vs. Valentin Moldavsky
Round 1: They trade in the center of the cage and Bader rocks Moldavsky early! He pushes him up against the cage and he tags Moldavsky again and drops him, he is in trouble! Moldavsky somehow shakes off the cobwebs and pushes Bader up against the cage. He takes him down. WOW! Moldavsky seems to have gained his composure as he takes Bader’s back. Moldavsky postures up against the cage and smother Bader up against it. Body shots from Moldavsky as Bader looks for a way out of position. Overhand right from Bader as he explodes. They trade in the center of the cage and Bader now backs Moldavsky up against the fence. What a round. Bader looking for the double leg and he takes him down with a single. They tussle for position as the round comes to an end. 10-9 Bader
Round 2: Moldavsky throws a right hand, then a double jab. Moldavsky tags Bader with a left hook. Bader grabs a hold of Moldavsky and pushes him up against the fence again. Bader lands an illegal knee south of the border and Moldavsky drops to his knees. Break in action. They resume and Moldavsky scores an early takedown. Moldavsky takes Bader’s back. Bader in a bad position as he tries to escape. Moldavsky putting all of his weight on Bader which will wear out the powerhouse wrestler. Moldavsky lands shots to the side of the head. 10-9 Moldavsky
Round 3: Nice jab from Bader. Moldavsky pressing forward and he goes for another takedown. Action up against the fence. Moldavsky takes Bader down, but “Darth” gets back up to his feet rather quickly. Bader is still in a bad spot because Moldavsky has him in a vice grip and refuses to give him room to breathe. Bader breathing heavy as Moldavsky continues to press up against him, though not really landing a ton of punishment. Moldavsky with short knees to the thigh to score points. Not a ton of offense but Moldavsky is controlling the pace and the fight. 10-9 Moldavsky
Round 4: Bader moves forward and tries for a takedown but Moldavsky defends well. Right hand from Bader lands, but he is breathing heavy while Moldavsky looks the fresher fighter. They both swing for the fences but nothing lands. Moldavsky goes in for the takedown and it’s stuffed by Bader. One-two by Moldavsky lands and he pushes the champion up against the cage…again. Knees to the thigh for Moldavsky. Bader secures the takedown and that is huge! Shots to the side of the body for Bader. Bader has top position now and is landing short elbows. He takes Moldavsky’s back. Moldavsky holding on to the fence and has his hand slapped away by the referee. Moldavsky back to his feet but Bader takes him down again with a single leg. He ends the round in top position. Great fight. 10-9 Bader
Round 5: We could be dead-locked going into the final round. Moldavsky with a left hook that lands. Bader goes in for a takedown, but didn’t really commit. Moldavsky now shoots for his own takedown but Bader defends that well. Bader slips and eats a right hand. Bader returns fire with two clean shots. Bader goes for another takedown and there’s a scramble and Moldavsky ends up with the best position. He now has Bader’s back. Bader trying to work his way back up. Short knees from Moldavsky aren’t really causing damage and Moldavsky takes Bader down again….