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Light Heavyweight Champion Vadim Nemkov Denies Phil Davis in Bellator 257 Headliner – MMA Root

Vadim Nemkov is still wearing the target on his back and does it proudly.

Champion Fedor Emelianenko retained his undisputed 5 205 title and advanced to the semifinals of the lightweight Bellator MMA Grand Prix with a unanimous decision for Phil Davis to win the Bellator 257 on Friday at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut. All three judges scored the same: 48-47 for Nemkov (13-2, 6-0 Bellator), who improved to 2-0 in the head-to-head series with Wonderful.

Davis (22-6, 9-3 Bellator) struggled to get his equipment, and the slow start did not favor him. Nemkov created an imposing lead in the power of a crisp piercing, correct punching combinations and occasional kicks to the lower leg. Davis had his moments – he cut the Russian near his left eye with a right hand in the second round and had some success in the clasp – but failed to give the champion a real pause.

Nemkov will bring a victory in eight matches in the semifinals of the tournament, where he will face Anthony Johnson or Yoel Romero.

At the co-main event, The Ultimate Fighter Season 19 winner Corey Anderson provided Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov with third-round punches and elbows to advance to the semifinals of the Bellator light heavyweight. Yagshimuradov (18-6-1, 0-1 Bellator) bowed 2:15 in Round 3.

Anderson (15-5, 2-0 Bellator) used the first round to get his bearings and then went to work. He struck for a rebound in the second, proceeded to a full attachment and dropped Yagshimuradov’s elbows. With this, the lesson was mapped and the message was sent. Anderson performed another abolition in the first minute of the third round, went full full and cut with fists and elbows until referee Mike Beltran felt obliged to save the doomed and bloody Turkmen native.

The loss was Yagshimuradov’s first since September 20, 2015 and closed the book for his best career streak with eight fights.

Meanwhile, Veta Arteaga recovered from back-to-back losses to Ilima-Lei Macfarlane and Alejandra Lara by a majority decision on promotional newcomer Desiree Yanez in a women’s tricycle. Judges Ron McCarthy and Dave Tirelli scored 29-27 in favor of Arteaga, while Eric Colon drew 28-28.

Arteaga (6-4, 5-4 Bellator) controlled the majority of standup exchanges with the right hands, jabs and occasional kicks. He received a one-point penalty in the second round after an illegal knee landed on grounded Yanez (5-3, 0-1 Bellator). The foul cleared a knockdown earlier in the season and put Arteaga in danger he would not have experienced otherwise. Yanez performed two eliminations in the match, but failed to consolidate them with ground control and ground-and-pound, and while opening a small cut in the left eyebrow of her counterpart, her efforts finally succeeded.

Janez, 31, is now in two games losing a series.

Elsewhere, former Cage Rage champion Paul Daley punched Sabah Homasi in the second round of their 175-pound feature. Homasi (15-9, 4-3 Bellator) succumbed to a 1:44 blow in Round 2, suffering his first defeat in more than three years.

Daley (42-17-2, 9-4 Bellator) reacted to a savage attack from the American Top Team’s exit in the first round. Homasi had the British hand wheel with palm rights on more than one occasion, took the top spot and broke ground damage and his weight. Daley survived the attack and managed to turn the tide until the end of the season. At the beginning of Round 2, “Semtex” paved Homasi with one of his patented left hooks, led him to the carpet and closed the deal with unanswered punches.

Daley, 38, has won three straight games.

In another action, Julia Boud (15-3, 9-1 Bellator) made a split decision – 29-28, 28-29, 29-28 – on promotional newcomer Dayana Silva (9-6, 0-1 Bellator) the women’s wing qualifier Julius Anglickas (10-1, 3-0 Bellator) was unanimously decided by Gregory Milliard (12-6, 1-2 Bellator) in a three-round lightweight heavyweight bout, 29 draw -28, 30-27 and 30-27 marks from all three cageside judges. Steve Mowry (9-0, 5-0 Bellator) intercepted Shaun Asher (13-4-1, 0-2 Bellator) with a blow to the knee and then played 55 seconds in the first round of the heavyweight collision. Grachik Bozinyan (11-4, 1-1 Bellator) was given a unanimous decision for Demarques Jackson (11-5, 1-1 Bellator) in a three-month-old welterweight, wiping the score cards 30-27, 29-28 and 29- 28 points from the cageside judges. Raymond Daniels (3-1, 3-0 Bellator) made the unanimous decision for Peter Stanonik (4-5, 0-1 Bellator) in a three-round welterweight, moving the cards to 30-26, 30-27 and 30 – 26 judge reviews · Lance Gibson Jr. (4-0, 2-0 Bellator) got a unanimous verdict from Marcus Surin (6-3, 2-3 Bellator) in a triple slight confrontation, winning 29-28, 30-27 and 30-27 shakes on the scorecards. Karl Albrektsson (11-3, 1-1 Bellator) claimed a unanimous decision for Viktor Nemkov (30-8-1, 0-1 Bellator) in a slight three round heavyweight tilt, drawing 30-27 marks from all three judges · Mads Burnell (15-3, 2-0 Bellator) put Saul Rogers (14-4, 2-2 Bellator) to a 4-08 backstroke in the second round of the featherweight case. and Jay-Jay Wilson (8-0, 7-0 Bellator) knocked out Pedro Carvalho (11-5, 4-2 Bellator) with fists of 53 seconds in the second round of the featherweight mating.

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