Things had grown worse for the champion Vadim Nemkov before the Bellator Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix finals matchup against Corey Anderson at Bellator 277.
Fortunately, a headbutt made a cut and caused the fight to be ruled a no-contest. The two fought again on Friday night in Chicago, and Nemkov won by unanimous decision in the main event of Bellator 288 thanks to improved wrestling defence.
From the first round on, Nemkov used a strong jab and powerful leg kicks to keep distance and control the tempo of the fight. Nemkov delivered clean, straight right punches to Anderson’s jaw when he readjusted to that attempt to keep the opponent on his toes.
The fight’s most dramatic exchange occurred in Round 1, when Anderson was obviously frightened by a late spinning kick from Nemkov that landed on his head.
While Nemkov’s flamboyant strikes would no longer be as effective, they had also produced a conundrum that Anderson was unable to resolve. Takedowns had been crucial in allowing Anderson to dominate the first fight prior to the cut.
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Bellator 288 Results
The Light Heavyweight Grand Prix and a $1 million prize were won by Vadim Nemkov by defeating Corey Anderson in the Bellator 288 main event on Friday.
Due to an unintentional head-on collision in the last seconds of the third round, the two fighters’ prior encounter at Bellator 277 in April ended in a draw. Inside Chicago’s Wintrust Arena on Friday, Nemkov made no room for doubt.
Every time Anderson attempted a takedown throughout the bout, Nemkov resisted and landed a flurry of leg kicks. It was obvious who had prevailed after five rounds. The judges gave the match 48-47, 49-46, and 49-46 scores. As a result of his victory, Nemkov was able to defend his 205-pound title, claim the Light Heavyweight Grand Prix, and earn a $1 million payday.
Usman Nurmagomedov defeated Patricky Pitbull convincingly to win the lightweight world title in the co-main event. Pitbull’s ability to inflict harm was stifled by the 24-year-repeated old’s takedowns of the former champion.
Nurmagomedov nearly halted Pitbull with a barrage of elbows in the last seconds of the second round. Pitbull was eliminated from the results by Nurmagomedov. The judges gave the contest scores of 50-45, 50-44, and 50-44.
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- Vadim Nemkov def. Corey Anderson via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 49-46)
- Usman Nurmagomedov def. Patricky Pitbull via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-44, 50-44)
- Timur Khizriev def. Daniel Weichel via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
- Daniel James def. Tyrell Fortune via TKO (elbows) – Round 2, 0:27
- Levan Chokheli def. Roman Faraldo via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)
- Imamshafi Aliev def. Sean Fallon via TKO (cut) – Round 1, 3:20
- Killys Mota def. Jairo Pacheco via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Archie Colgan def. Jesse Hannam via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:50
- Sullivan Cauley def. Jay Radick via KO (punches) – Round 1, 1:01
- Jordan Newman def. Jayden Taulker via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 3:20
- Laird Anderson def. Rob Fenicle via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 2:28
- Isaiah Hokit def. Matias Nader via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 3:48
- Wladmir Gouvea def. Kory Moegenburg via TKO (punches) – Round 2, 1:46
Bellator 288: Champion Vadim Nemkov vs. Corey Anderson
Nemkov’s first-round low kick:
The champion takes a shot. Nemkov strikes twice. Nemkov throws two punches at Anderson, who responds with his own jab. Anderson is rocked by Nemkov after landing a nice counterright hand. Nemkov hits his aim with a good, strong jab. Anderson’s attempt to take down one leg is unsuccessful. Nemkov stands up once more.
This fight got underway quickly. Nemkov is accelerating. Anderson misses with an overhand right loop. Nemkov tries to tag the opponent with his right hand, but he eats it.
Nemkov seems uninterested in Anderson’s takedown ruse. Nemkov tags Anderson, who then responds with an uppercut. Nemkov’s spinning back fist consistently misses. Nemkov drops Anderson after clipping him with a spinning wheel kick. He goes in for the kill, but the fight is over. exciting opening round. 10-9 Nemkov
Anderson’s chin is clipped by a nice left hand. When he attempts the takedown, Nemkov stuffs it. Anderson tries to get down again, but Nemkov stops him with his agility. Nemkov is powerful in this second round and isn’t losing too lightly, despite Anderson’s continued efforts. Nemkov performs another spinning back kick while catching the hands of his opponents.
Anderson makes one and two misses, and Nemkov follows up with another spinning back punch that is unsuccessful. Anderson delivers an inside leg kick. A pause in the action and a low strike from Nemkov. With not much time left in the round, they continue. 10-nine Nemkov
Anderson delivers a double jab and is unsuccessful in taking down the opponent. After a left to the body, Anderson delivered a punch to the face. Nemkov avoids an Anderson hook by dodging beneath it. While the champion is restrained, the challenger is unable to complete the takedown. Anderson has a cut below his right eye, and he’s just begun to apply pressure.
Nemkov receives a left hook to the jaw from him. Mouthpiece flies out, Nemkov fires a left jab, and a hand with a laser-like tip sneak through. The striking has to be opened up a little more by Anderson, who is still nimble on his feet. For “Overtime,” a body kick connects. Excellent outside leg kick from the victor. 10-9 Nemkov
The champion is easily winning this round, therefore Nemkov must land an inside leg kick, and Anderson must start moving forward. Nemkov falls a little bit, and Anderson attempts to take him down, but the champion recovers rather well. Nemkov isn’t having Anderson’s hints of another takedown.
Nemkov delivers a double punch, causing his mouthpiece to fly out. Anderson, who is currently taking too many jabs, is also knocked down by Nemkov’s outside low kick. With a strong overhand right, Anderson. When he tries to take someone down, he gets again stuffed. The winner scores with yet another low kick from outside. 10-9 Nemkov
Anderson needs a submission or a knockout in this round. More powerful low kick from Nemkov. Nemkov is being pushed up against the cage by Anderson, who is moving a little more quickly now that he knows he hasn’t yet managed to take him down. A high kick followed by a calf kick from Nemkov. Anderson delivers a good right hand and then a jab in quick succession.
Nemkov consumes it, with no consequence. Nemkov follows up with a powerful blow to the body after landing another spinning back kick. Anderson hasn’t done anything while Nemkov is throwing strikes at a high rate and connecting with a big portion of them.
Jabs from Anderson followed by another. You can hear the thud when Nemkov delivers another inside low kick. 10-9 Nemkov. As a result, Nemkov prevails over Anderson in a decision.
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