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Responses to Vadim Nemkov effectively protecting the Bellator light heavyweight title versus Phil Davis at Bellator 257
Vadim Nemkov has made a minimum of another fight as a safeguarding Bellator champion in the Bellator Light Heavyweight Grand Prix, making his very first successful title defense in the primary occasion of Bellator 257 versus Phil Davis.
Josh Thompson is 100% proper about Davis being discouraging. These people are pals, so we wont be too sincere. Possibly thats the issue. Davis needs a great deal of tough love to reach the next level. #bellator 257.
— plañts armstrong (@iggytrevino) April 17, 2021.
Nemkov devoted too much on the overhand. Otherwise, hes still a mf monster. #Bellator 257.
— MMA Drunk (@MMADrunk) April 17, 2021.
This was a rematch from Bellator 209 in November 2018, a fight that saw Nemkov come away with a split decision.
Because coming to Bellator from RIZIN, in addition to the win over Davis, Nemkovs run in the promotion has seen him knockout Philipe Lins, TKO former light heavyweight champ Liam McGeary and send former middleweight champ Rafael Carvalho. It all led up to dealing with Ryan Bader at Bellator 244 in August and delivering a second-round TKO to win the title.
Davis has actually won nine of the 11 fights hes had in Bellator, with the only losses being the loss to Nemkov and losing the light heavyweight championship to Ryan Bader. Davis entered this battle on a three-fight win streak, defeating McGeary by means of jaw-injury TKO, finishing Karl Albrektsson and beating Lyoto Machida on a split decision.
Twitter reacts to Vadim Nemkov carrying on in the Bellator Light Heavyweight Grand Prix
In spite of Davis having a strong fumbling background, he scored no takedowns throughout the 25 minutes, while Nemkov scored three. Comparable to when they first met, Davis was slow in his offensive output, while Nemkov pushed the rate and managed the fight for the first 3 rounds.
Davis slowly chose up his pace in the title rounds, however Nemkov was still able to hold his own and it wasnt enough for the previous champ. All three judges scored the bout 48-47 for Nemkov.
See how Twitter reacted to the win by Nemkov– or the performance by Davis.
Nemkov devoted too much on the overhand. #Bellator 257.
No idea why Nemkov did not actually take his leg home after landing the low kicks at will round 1. Josh Thompson is 100% correct about Davis being frustrating. Davis needs a lot of hard love to reach the next level.
Nemkov now carries on in the Light Heavyweight Grand Prix and will protect the champion against either Anthony “Rumble” Johnson or Yoel Romero in the semifinals.
Something I liked that Nemkov was doing after he gassed was using offense to act as his defense.
He simply kept tossing labored punches, however Phil wasnt an excellent sufficient striker to capitalize & & not wise sufficient to battle. #Bellator 257.
— Josh P (@JoshP_UFCpicks) April 17, 2021.
Bellator 257 occurred on Friday, April 16, 2021, live from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. Follow along with FanSided for all your live news and highlights.
Nemkov looked excellent tonight but hes got ta fight Rumble or Romero next … #Bellator 257.
— Aaron Running (@aaronrunning_) April 17, 2021.
No idea why Nemkov did not actually take his leg home after landing the low kicks at will round 1. Would enjoy some journalist asking him. Did he break something? Noticed he hardly threw any longer, and those were half the time deep ones with the shin. #Bellator 257.
— MagicM MMA (@MagicM_MMA) April 17, 2021.