Bellator gentle heavyweight champion Vadim Nemkov survived an early scare earlier than retaining his title in dominant vogue at Bellator 268.
The followers contained in the Footprint Middle in Phoenix, Arizona briefly thought they had been about to witness a shock when Julius Anglickas – a short-notice substitute for quarter-final winner Anthony ‘Rumble’ Johnson – dropped the champion with a giant proper hand contained in the opening 90 seconds of the battle.
But it surely was one-way site visitors for the rest of the battle as Nemkov, 29, recovered effectively and went on to dominate the motion till he pressured Anglickas to undergo a Kimura armlock with 35 seconds remaining within the fourth spherical.
“He caught me, however I wasn’t knocked down. I simply kinda fell,” he defined after the battle.
“The explanation I went extra to grappling was as a result of he is acquired a tough head. I hit him with a couple of good pictures and realised it is not going to occur, so I made a decision to go along with submissions.”
Nemkov then revealed the key behind his submission end as he switched methods on his opponent after unsuccessfully making an attempt to drive the faucet with armbars.
“I attempted for a couple of armbars, and he was slipping and type of getting on prime of me,” he mentioned.
“So I made a decision that, OK, subsequent time I’ll fake to go for an armbar, then change to a Kimura.”
Nemkov’s victory improved his report to fifteen wins, two losses and cemented his standing as the person to beat in Bellator’s talent-stacked 205lb division.
It additionally noticed the Stary Oskol native advance to the ultimate of the Bellator gentle heavyweight grand prix, the place he’ll tackle former UFC contender Corey ‘Time beyond regulation’ Anderson for the match title.
Anderson TKO’s Bader to blast into match ultimate
Within the night time’s first gentle heavyweight grand prix semi-final, Anderson scored a quickfire TKO end of present heavyweight champion and former 205lb king Ryan Bader to surge into the match finale.
Earlier than the battle, Anderson, 32, had urged that he had loved the higher of the exchanges when the pair skilled collectively earlier of their careers.
And on battle night time Anderson backed up his pre-fight confidence with a shocking show as he completed the previous two-division champion in simply 51 seconds to ebook his place within the grand prix ultimate, the place a shot on the gentle heavyweight title awaits.
“It feels wonderful. For the whole lot that I have been via, the whole lot that I’ve carried out,” Anderson advised Bellator battle analyst John McCarthy after his victory.
“You have seen my profession, man. I have been on the prime with three fights on the regional circuit, and to make it right here is really a blessing.
“However [with] Ryan being a buddy of mine, I hate the truth that we needed to battle and it needed to occur like this, however any individual needed to lose.”
Primus requires title shot after Henderson win
Former Bellator light-weight champion Brent Primus claimed victory over former UFC champion Benson Henderson, then demanded that he obtain the primary title shot on the new 155lb champion.
Primus, 36, showcased his energy on the mat as he dominated Henderson, 37, and threatened with submissions all through the match-up.
In the end, Primus was unable to search out the end however, after incomes scores of 29-28, 30-27, 30-27, the previous champion mentioned he was in pole place to problem for the title as soon as once more.
The vacant light-weight title will probably be contested between Eire’s Peter Queally and Brazil’s Patricky ‘Pitbull’ Freire at Bellator 270 in Dublin on 5 November and, after his victory over Henderson, Primus mentioned he was the clear prime contender to face the winner.
“Hell, sure it does,” he mentioned, earlier than providing to step in on quick discover to battle for the title subsequent month.
“[Bellator president] Scott Coker – if Queally backs out of contenders like he at all times does, or if Patricky by some means will get injured, I am right here. I am the person. I will battle subsequent week.
“If not? Hey, I am in line. Let me take out both of these guys. I will smash ’em.”
Corrales returns to featherweight and kind
Within the opening bout of the night time, featherweight contender Henry ‘OK’ Corrales claimed a dominant choice win over Ukrainian Vladyslav Parubchenko to push himself one step nearer to a title shot at 145lb.
Corrales’ most up-to-date outing noticed him drop to 135lb to compete at bantamweight. However his submission loss to Johnny Campbell at Bellator 258 in Could prompted the American to return to his pure weight class.
Again at 145lb and combating in his adopted dwelling of Phoenix, Corrales, 35, was cheered to the rafters by the followers as his efficiency towards Parubchenko, 28, improved with every spherical to earn scores of 30-27 on all three judges’ scorecards to take his profession report to 19 wins, six losses.