Bellator 268: Watch Ryan Bader v Corey Anderson & Vadim Nemkov’s title defence

Venue: Footprint Heart, Phoenix, Arizona Date: Saturday, 16 October (into Sunday, 17 October)
Protection: Watch reside protection on BBC iPlayer from 23:55 BST, Saturday

World champion Vadim Nemkov defends his title as Bellator returns to the US this weekend with the light-heavyweight grand prix semi-finals taking centre stage.

Nemkov, 29, will face Julius Anglickas as he appears to be like to progress to the ultimate.

The competition shares high billing with the opposite semi-final bout as Ryan “Darth” Bader fights Corey Anderson.

In addition to reside protection on the BBC, the programme will probably be obtainable in full on catch-up.

And you may watch the very best particular person fights on demand individually as nicely.

What’s on?

Russian fighter Nemkov captured the light-heavyweight crown by defeating the USA’s Bader by way of second-round TKO at Bellator 244 in August 2020.

At the moment driving an eight-bout profitable streak, the ferocious fighter will go into the competition filled with confidence in opposition to Anglickas, who’s a late alternative for fellow American Anthony “Rumble” Johnson.

It is a battle between the primary and quantity two contenders within the different semi-final as Bader takes on Anderson, with the 2 US fighters figuring out they’re one win away from the chance to struggle for the $1m prize.

Elsewhere, it is a household affair as married Phoenix couple Benson and Maria Henderson function.

Maria will open the present when she squares off in opposition to Collette Santiago as a part of the preliminary card. After cheering his spouse on, light-weight Benson will return afterward the principle card in opposition to former world champion Brent Primus.

Finishing the principle card will probably be a featherweight bout between the USA’s Henry Corrales and Ukraine’s Vladyslav Parubchenko.

BBC protection

Saturday, 16 October

Bellator 268

23:55-05:30 (fundamental card from 03:00, Sunday) – BBC iPlayer & BBC Sport app

Saturday, 23 October

Bellator Moscow

19:00-00:00 (fundamental card from 22:00) – BBC iPlayer & BBC Sport app

All occasions are BST and are topic to vary.


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