This Friday Bellator 257 will cap off a three-week stretch of occasions as their Gentle Heavyweight World Grand Prix match continues on, and can function a title battle of the 205-pound title when the champion Vadim Nemkov is in motion.
The cardboard will function two fights within the Gentle Heavyweight World Grand Prix, a extremely aggressive welterweight matchup, and former featherweight title challenger Pedro Carvalho returning to motion, in addition to former girls’s featherweight champion Julia Budd in motion as properly.
The way to watch Bellator 257 prelims and essential card
The Bellator 257 essential card begins at 9:00 pm EST on SHOWTIME.
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Bellator 257 battle card
Right here is the entire battle card for Bellator 257 which presently stands at 13 fights on the cardboard, though the official bout order has not but been launched.
Bellator 257: Key fights
Vadim Nemkov vs Phil Davis
In the principle occasion of Bellator 257, newly-crowned champion Vadim Nemkov will put his title on the road for his first title protection as he faces Phil Davis in a rematch of their 2018 battle which noticed Nemkov win by break up determination. Nemkov received the sunshine heavyweight title when he defeated the previous champion, Bader, by second-round TKO in August of 2020 at Bellator 244.
PREDICTION: Vadim Nemkov def. Phil Davis by unanimous determination
Corey Anderson vs Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov
Final week at Bellator 256, the Gentle Heavyweight World Grand Prix started and noticed former champion Ryan Bader dominate Lyoto Machida by unanimous determination, and now there will likely be two bouts within the match on Friday. Within the co-main occasion of Bellator 257 former UFC contender Corey Anderson makes his second look underneath the Bellator promotion when he welcomes newcomer Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov, the winner of this battle will advance on to tackle Ryan Bader within the semi-finals.
PREDICTION: Corey Anderson def. Dovletdzhan Yashimuradov by TKO in Spherical 2
Sabah Homasi vs Paul Daley
The primary card of Bellator 257 can even function Sabah Homasi vs Paul Daley, with this being the third time that the promotion has appeared to ebook a battle between the 2. The primary battle was canceled after Homasi needed to withdraw as a consequence of an harm again in October of 2019, after which the second try was booked for Bellator 241 in March of 2020, however that battle was canceled because of the COVID-19 pandemic shutting down occasions.
Paul Daley has flirted with retirement as of late, following a missed weight minimize for a battle towards Derek Anderson final October which induced him to be hospitalized. Daley has not made point out of potential retirement, however he’ll look to step contained in the Bellator cage for the primary time since October of 2019 when he defeated Saad Awad by TKO. The eight-ranked Homasi will enter this battle on a four-fight successful streak, together with his most up-to-date win coming towards Bobby Voelker at Bellator 250 final October.
PREDICTION: Sabah Homas def. Paul Daley by KO in Spherical 1
Julia Budd vs Dayana Silva
Former featherweight champion Julia Budd believes she will be able to get again her loss to Cris Cyborg and the veteran will search for her second consecutive win when she faces Dayana Silva this Friday. Budd misplaced her title to Cyborg at Bellator 238 in January of 2020 however rebounded properly with a unanimous determination victory over Jessy Miele at Bellator 244.
Budd presently sits because the No. 1 contender within the division rankings, however with a formidable exhibiting by Cat Zingano at Bellator 256, the previous champion should make a powerful assertion to earn the subsequent title shot.
PREDICTION: Julia Budd def. Dayana Silva by unanimous determination
Pedro Carvalho vs Jay Jay Wilson
For the primary time since his first-round loss to champion Patricio Pitbull at Bellator 252, Pedro Carvalho returns and has a really robust matchup in undefeated opponent Jay Jay Wilson. Earlier than his loss to Pitbull, Carvalho had been on a six-fight successful streak, with no losses contained in the Bellator cage, cementing himself as a high contender.
With the loss and introduction of the Bellator MMA rankings, Carvalho finds himself ranked fourth within the division whereas Wilson is ranked seventh. With the featherweight World Grand Prix coming near an finish, the matchup between Carvalho and Wilson may result in a future title battle earlier than later.
PREDICTION: Pedro Carvalho def. Jay Jay Wilson by break up determination