Vadim Nemkov and Phil Davis had a hard fought fight in their first meeting which resulted in Nemkov earning a spilt decision victory. In their second fight on Friday at Bellator 257, it was yet again another hard fight.
On Friday at Bellator 257, Nemkov and Davis fought again in the main event, which was a quarterfinal matchup in the Bellator light heavyweight grand prix. Nemkov, the current light heavyweight champion, once again edged Davis to advance in the tournament while making his first title defense.
Nemkov (13-2) had the advantage earlier in the fight, but as time went on Davis (22-6) started to fight his rhythm. One surprise during the fight was that Nemkov secured three takedowns, while Davis, who was a national champion wrestler at Penn State, came up unsuccessful on all his attempts.
After 25 minutes of action, all three judges gave Nemkov the edge on the scorecards, with all three scoring the fight 48-47. Nemkov will now fight the winner of former UFC fighters Yoel Romero and Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, who meet in the final quarterfinal matchup of the grand prix.
Following his victory, Nemkov spoke to MyMMANews and other media outlets about his fight with Davis and his upcoming fight in the grand prix. You watch his full post-fight press conference in the video above.
For more in depth breakdown of the fight, click here.
A full list of Bellator 257 results are listed below:
Vadim Nemkov (C) defeated Phil Davis via unanimous decision (48-47, 48-47, 48-47) – for light heavyweight title; light heavyweight tournament opening round
Corey Anderson defeated Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov via TKO – Round 3, 2:15 – light heavyweight tournament opening round
Veta Arteaga defeated Desiree Yanez via majority decision (28-28, 29-27, 29-27)
Paul Daley defeated Sabah Homasi via TKO – Round 2, 1:44
Julia Budd defeated Dayana Silva via split decision decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Julius Anglickas defeated Gregory Milliard via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Steve Mowry defeated Shaun Asher via TKO – Round 1, 0:55
Grachik Bozinyan defeated Demarques Jackson via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Raymond Daniels defeated Peter Stanonik via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-26)
Lance Gibson Jr. defeated Marcus Surin via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Karl Albrektsson defeated Viktor Nemkov via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Mads Burnell defeated Saul Rogers via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2, 4:08
Jay Jay Wilson defeated Pedro Carvalho via TKO – Round 2, 0:53