Preview and predictions for Bellator 257: Vadim Nemkov vs. Phil Davis.
The primary spherical of the Bellator Gentle Heavyweight Grand Prix rolls on by way of Bellator 257, as the cardboard performs host to 2 extra matchups, together with the primary title protection of Vadim Nemkov, as he takes on former champion Phil Davis.
This shall be a rematch of their unique assembly at Bellator 209 in November 2018, a bout which Nemkov gained on a break up choice.
Nemkov, who’s on a seven-fight win streak, completed Ryan Bader at Bellator 244 to win the sunshine heavyweight title. Davis has gained three straight and 9 of his final 11, most lately taking a break up choice over Lyoto Machida at Bellator 245.
Who will win at Bellator 257: Vadim Nemkov or Phil Davis?
The co-main occasion will characteristic one other first-round match match as Corey Anderson takes on Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov. Anderson, the UFC veteran, was profitable in his Bellator debut, defeating Melvin Manhoef at Bellator 251. In the meantime, this marks the debut of Yagshimuradov, who rides in on an eight-fight win streak and a reign as ACA mild heavyweight champion.
Bellator 257’s important card can even characteristic a ladies’s flyweight bout between Veta Arteaga and Desiree Yanez and a 175-pound catchweight contest that includes Paul Daley and Sabah Homasi in what might be the ultimate combat in Daley’s profession.
Let’s take a better take a look at these fights.
Vadim Nemkov vs. Phil Davis preview and prediction
This shall be a rematch from Bellator 209 in November 2018, which noticed Nemkov edge out Davis on a break up choice.
Vadim Nemkov has gained 12 of his 14 skilled fights, with a type of losses coming to present UFC mild heavyweight contender and former RIZIN champion Jiri Prochazka. Nemkov jumped from RIZIN to Bellator in 2017 and proceeded to make a direct impression, knocking out Philipe Lins, leg-kick TKOing former champ Liam McGeary, taking the break up choice over Davis and submitting former middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho. Nemkov topped all of it by knocking out Ryan Bader in two rounds to say the Bellator 205-pound title.
Davis initially gained the Bellator mild heavyweight title at Bellator 163 however dropped the title to Bader at Bellator 180. Since dropping the gold, Davis has rebounded with 5 wins in six fights (the loss to Nemkov is the only real defeat in that span). These wins embody a call over Leonardo Leite, a head-kick knockout of Linton Vassell, a jaw-injury TKO of McGeary, a third-round TKO of Karl Albrektsson and a split-decision win over Lyoto Machida.
Davis can have a two-inch benefit in each peak and attain, although Nemkov is about eight years his junior.
Once they first met at Bellator 209, Nemkov utilized a kick-heavy sport along with his grappling to assist him management the tempo for an excellent portion of the primary two rounds. Davis put his foot on the fuel within the third spherical by overtaking the management as a substitute of simply answering again, however it was too late and he wasn’t in a position to end Nemkov.
Each males are wonderful at wrestling and grappling, and the 2 shall be battling for management of the heavy takedown pursuer. And as soon as on the bottom, there needs to be loads of scrambling for place. Nemkov will most likely look to do the identical factor, so Davis ought to keep again patiently and discover the suitable timing to fireside pictures and go in for the takedowns. Even with this being 5 rounds, nonetheless, he can’t afford to attend till the championship rounds to show up. Nemkov, in the meantime, ought to proceed to convey the stress as he did within the first combat.
Nemkov’s youthful, he has plenty of momentum and he’s expert all-around. He’s had the technique to defeat Davis earlier than and he can positively do it once more.
Prediction: Nemkov through unanimous choice
Corey Anderson vs. Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov preview and prediction
Corey Anderson enters with wins in 5 of his final six, stretching again to the tip of his UFC run. Anderson scored unanimous selections over Patrick Cummins, Glover Teixeira and Ilir Latifi earlier than a first-round stoppage of Johnny Walker. Anderson then dropped a title eliminator to Jan Blachwoicz earlier than being granted a UFC launch and signing with Bellator. Anderson was profitable in his promotional debut at Bellator 251, scoring a second-round TKO of Melvin Manhoef.
This can be Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov’s Bellator debut however he’s already been making some noise having gained eight straight. He secured the ACA (previously ACB) mild heavyweight championship in Might 2018 by submitting Batraz Agnaev and retained the title towards Karol Celinski and Alexey Butorin.
Anderson can have a little bit of a bodily edge on this battle, together with a four-inch benefit in peak. Some are writing off Yagshimuradov just because they’ve by no means heard of him or as a result of it’s his Bellator debut and he’s already getting a troublesome matchup. However don’t do such a foolish factor so simply.
There’s a reasonably truthful probability we will see some battling on the bottom all through this combat. Anderson is a near-lifelong wrestler, whereas Yagshimuradov has expertise in Sambo. Each males shall be tussling to get right into a dominant high place whereas on the bottom and will probably be attention-grabbing to see how every man offers with the opposite’s fashion.
One different factor to notice although is that regardless of not having the bodily benefit on this one, Yagshimuradov does have loads of explosive energy. He’s obtained six wins on his present win streak which have led to a end, with 4 of these coming by KO/TKO, two of them lower than two minutes into the combat.
Anybody who’s underestimating Yagshimuradov is making a mistake, and the Bellator Gentle Heavyweight Grand Prix opening spherical may be making a cease in Upset Metropolis.
Prediction: Yagshimuradov through second-round KO/TKO
Veta Arteaga vs. Desiree Yanez preview and prediction
This combat was initially set to happen in October at Bellator 250 earlier than it was postponed after Veta Arteaga examined constructive for COVID-19.
Sporting a 5-2 report and coming off a submission over Denise Kielholtz, Arteaga challenged Ilima-Lei Macfarlane for the Bellator ladies’s flyweight title at Bellator 220. A lower on Arteaga induced her to be stopped within the third spherical. She returned at Bellator 235 in December 2019, falling quick in a call towards Alejandra Lara.
Desiree Yanez shall be making her Bellator debut after some expertise on the regional scene, together with a pair of bouts every within the LFA and Combate. Yanez noticed a four-fight win streak get snapped in her most up-to-date contest, dropping a break up choice to Melissa Martinez at Combate 51.
This one figures to be a typical striker vs. grappler matchup. Arteaga’s basis is in her fists and she or he’ll look to overwhelm Yanez with them. Yanez, in the meantime, goes to be aggressive in pursuing the takedown, attempting to tie up Arteaga within the clinch and get herself in a dominating place on the bottom. For Arteaga, she’ll should attempt to use a heavy takedown protection and maintain Yanez’s makes an attempt at bay. And if the motion does get to the bottom, she’ll should maintain her guard up and search for a option to get the combat again standing.
That being stated, Arteaga nonetheless has a little bit of an expertise issue — even when these two aren’t too far aside within the variety of professional fights or in age. Practically all of Arteaga’s professional fights have come within the Bellator cage and she or he’s confronted among the hardest ladies’s flyweights on the planet, together with a title combat simply a few years in the past. Yanez has title challenger expertise as effectively in Combate, however that was at strawweight. And with this additionally being her first flyweight bout, don’t be shocked if the Bellator veteran eeks out a win.
Prediction: Arteaga through unanimous choice
Paul Daley vs. Sabah Homasi preview and prediction
This contest between Paul Daley and Sabah Homasi was scheduled for final fall at Bellator 247, however weight lower points pressured Daley out of the competition and pushed the combat again to now.
A longtime acquainted face to Bellator followers, Daley shall be competing in his first combat for the promotion since late 2019. He’ll enter off back-to-back choice wins over Erick Silva and Saad Awad. Daley teased following the combat’s delay from its unique date that this might be his retirement bout.
Homasi, an alumnus of The Final Fighter season 21 who went 0-3 within the Octagon, has gained 4 straight since his UFC launch. He’s an ideal 3-0 since returning to Bellator, defeating Micah Terrill, Curtis Millender and Bobby Voelker.
Homasi will come into this bout with a three-inch peak benefit, however he’ll surrender three inches in attain to Daley.
On paper, this one looks like a striker’s paradise, and if it seems to be such, we’re in for fairly a deal with. However don’t depend out Homasi’s wrestling, as his work at American High Workforce has helped acquire him some first rate wrestling abilities as effectively. Homasi could have the extra suspect chin, but when he’s in bother, he might be able to grapple up with Daley, attempting to get within the clinch or take the combat to the bottom. We’ve seen Daley wrestle with guys well-versed in grappling like Jon Fitch and Rory MacDonald over the previous couple of years.
Each guys shall be robust to complete, particularly Daley, however there’s loads of extra upside in Homasi, particularly as we put together to probably bid Daley farewell.
Prediction: Homasi through unanimous choice
Bellator 257 takes place on Friday, April 16, 2021, dwell from the Mohegan Solar Area in Uncasville, CT. Observe together with FanSided for all of your dwell information and highlights.