Vadim Nemkov has clearly proven himself to be the man to defeat Bellator’s light heavyweight tournament after Friday night’s convincing title defense over Phil Davis.
Nemkov (14-3) is already Bellator’s 205 pound champion, but with bigger names in promotion tournaments like Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, Yoel Romero and Ryan Bader, it will be easy to ignore him. The 28-year-old Russian warned the rest of his talent on Friday, however, in a five-round decision over Davis.
The three referees scored the championship, which headlined Bellator 257 in the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut for Nemkov 48-47.The victory marks Nemkov’s first heavyweight championship defense at him. Bader won last August and brought him into the tournament semi-finals, where he will face either Johnson or Romero.
“My plan was to defeat him and defend his wrestling,”; Nemkov said through an interpreter. “I’m quite happy with my performance. But there is a bug, I will fix it next time. “
Nemkov, training under legendary Russian heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko, looked outstanding in the first three rounds. He blends his attack beautifully, hitting Davis’s lead leg with a low kick and his body and head with a punch combination. He dropped Davis with a left hook in the middle of the cage in the third round.
Davis (22-6), wanting to avenge the loss of Nemkov’s close separate decision in 2018, made waves in the later rounds. He fell to the right near Nemkov’s ear, temporarily loosening his balance and forcing him to start retreating for the first time in a fight. Davis continued to build that momentum in a close fifth round. But a 13-year veteran dug a hole too deep early. However, Davis’s amazing record of never ending up in combat remains the same.
For Nemkov, it extended his winning path eight times in a row. He will search for his next opponent on May 7, when Johnson and Romero meet at Bellator 258, the former UFC vet.Both will make their Bellator MMA debut.
Anderson made his way to the semi-finals with an outstanding performance.
Corey Anderson (15-5) It is no secret that he intends to defeat his opponents and pound each other until someone stops him. Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov. Can’t stop him
Anderson advanced to the light heavyweight Belletter Week semi-finals by finishing. Yagshimuradov (18-6-1) passed a TKO at 2:15 of the third round. The victory saw him compete with former champion Ryan Bader, who beat Leo To Machida in the opening match when A week ago
Fighting from NJ, Anderson used his wrestling to escort Yagshimuradov Into the second and third round and is completely against his offensive The Turkmen chased a handful of home players in the opening round and came close to ditch Anderson with a spinning kick. But eventually succumbed to the fight early.
“I wasn’t hurt, I just got down,” says Anderson, with a head kick that seemed to bewilder him. “I told the coach that ‘I’m fine, it doesn’t shake me. But it took me away from where I was. ‘I just kept calm and got to the next round.’
When Anderson began to lead Yagshimuradov To the ground, things were quickly blown up by an avalanche for the former UFC veteran.He went to work from the top with an elbow and moved into a point in the second round. Yagshimuradov Looking behind him very uncomfortable, and it was only a matter of time before the referee intervened.
Anderson improved to 2-0 in the Bellator MMA cage.
Daley overcame a rough start, defeating Homasi in two.
Paul Daley said he did not respect Sabah Homasi’s punching power going into the 175-pound Catchweight punch on Friday night. But it didn’t take long to change.
Daley (42-17-2) scored a TKO finish over Homasi (15-8) at 1:44 of the second round, but after he was nearly knocked out in the opening minute of the punch, Homasi, who trained from the top-tier team, took off. America’s rocked Daley with his right hand early and left him later with a punch over the fence.
Referee Kevin McDonald was on top of the action, but Daley, 38, did just enough to survive. After returning to his feet, he hurriedly flipped the table, stunned Homasi with three unanswered knees in the final minutes of the opening round. The finish came quickly in the second as Daley went straight and then hard left.
“I didn’t give him the respect he deserves,” Daley said. [welterweight champion Douglas Lima]Looking back on my fights, I wasn’t really relegated and I’ve been there with some of the best forwards. Respect Homasi a lot “
For Daley, who is fighting from Nottingham, England, this is his first appearance since October 2019.
The former title challenger Arteaga earns more than Yanez.
Flyweight contestant Veta Arteaga (6-4) was able to beat Desiree Yanez (5-3) through most of the judging, despite the second round scoring for an illegal knee.
Two referees scored a 29-27 punch for Arteaga, while the third tied 28-28 with a deduction.Arteaga was a juncture for throwing a knee to a grounded opponent, as she couldn’t see. That Yanez had a hand on the mat in the front head locking position However, Yanez didn’t have much knee injuries and was able to continue after a short pause.
Overall, it is Arteaga’s boxing that defines the competition as she maintains a consistent footing level. Yanez had her period and mixed up in a number of subtractions. But failing to score enough to beat Arteaga in the scorecard, Arteaga, who failed to challenge Ilima-Lei Macfarlane in the April 2019 title race, resulted in two skids.