The championship and the grand prix of Vadim Nemkov continue.
In his first defense of the light heavyweight title, Nemkov (14-2) used his punches to earn a unanimous decision over Davis (22-6, 1 NC) in the Bellator 257 main event Friday at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, State. Connecticut. All three judges rated Nemkov’s fight 48-47.
With the win, Nemkov will also advance to the semifinals of the Bellator World Light Heavyweight Grand Prix, where he awaits the winner of the Anthony Johnson vs. Yoel Romero match at Bellator 257 on May 7th.
Nemkov controlled the game for most of the first three rounds, overtaking Davis in legs and even when he defeated the NCAA Division-I wrestling champion. After using a pressure jab to get a clear take on the first round, Nemkov increased his lead in the second by catching Davis with a jab-uppercut-left hook combo that caused Davis to stumble (replay revealed that Nemkov stepped on Davis’s foot during this sequence) …
Davis achieved some success in the third round, but Nemkov still outnumbered the striker. Only in the fourth round – after asking for urgency from his corner – did Davis begin to match Nemkov’s pace. He found shelter for his right hand in the fourth, and it looked like he would win at least one round in the fight.
Nemkov continued to mix his moves beautifully in the final round, although Davis was by his side and eventually managed to take the last two rounds in each of the rounds. referee scorecards… But this was not enough – Nemkov retained the title and won a second victory over Davis. Nemkov also defeated Davis at Bellator 209 via split decision in November 2018, which was Davis’ last defeat.
This gives Nemkov eight wins in a row, who has a flawless 6-0 record in the Bellator cage.
In the co-main event, Corey Anderson (15-5) took two rounds to deal with Bellator rookie Dovletzhan Yagshimuradov (18-6-1), but the struggle of the former UFC contender ultimately brought him to victory. In the third round, Anderson went into full attack and ended it with a ruthless attack to the ground as Yagshimuradov turned to defend himself from the blows.
Yagshimuradov’s strategy was to wait to face Anderson in the first and second rounds, which was effective at times as Anderson patiently looked for a shot opportunity. While Anderson was busy, it was Yagshimuradov who delivered more powerful punches, in particular a counter-uppercut and a spinning punch that cut Anderson’s neck at the end of the first round.
However, Anderson finally defeated Yagshimuradov 90 seconds before the end of the second round and went to work from a full rig. Yagshimuradov got out of this period, but was quickly knocked down in the third frame when he succumbed to Anderson’s attack. The official stoppage time for the third round is 2:15.
Anderson advances to the Bellator World Light Heavyweight Grand Prix semi-finals where he meets Ryan Bader. Bader secured his spot at Bellator 256 last week with a dominant decision win over Lyoto Machida.
Veta Arteaga’s stand-up was too strong to play Desiree Janez (5-3) and the one-time flyweight contender overcame a second round penalty to take a majority decision (28-28, 29-27, 29-27) and secure the streak defeats from two fights.
At the beginning of the battle, Janez was active but ineffective as she launched into sharp counterattacks by Arteaga (6-4). In the second round, Arteaga continued to score with her right hand until one of them knocked Yanez back down. Unfortunately for Arteaga, she landed a pair of now infamous opponents kneeling to the head and referee Todd Anderson took a point off Arteaga.
Janez’s takedowns were not enough to slow Arteaga, who was consistently recovering and getting the upper hand over Janez on his feet to win the fight on cards despite the penalty kick.
In the main opening of the map, the reports of Paul Daly’s career decline were clearly grossly exaggerated.
Ten years after their classic Strikeforce encounter with Nick Diaz, Semtex found themselves in another shootout when they went head to head with Sabah Homasi (15-9). It was Homasi who scored first blood, knocking out Daly with his right hand, which shook the British veteran. Homasi swarmed, striking a jumping knee and his other right arm, which severely injured Daly, but somehow Daly survived.
Daley (43-17-2) weathered the storm in the first round and bounced back in the second round, landing his own jambs before knocking Homasi down with a left hook. He pounded the ground to complete an incredible comeback and finish the fight at 1:44 in the second round.
Although Daley previously mentioned that this fight could be his last, the 38-year-old did not mention his retirement in his speech after the fight after defeating Homasi. Their fight was fought at 175 pounds and Daly said he plans to continue his career at that weight.
See the full Bellator 257 results here.