Who’s mild heavyweight title contender Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov?
Whereas there are actually loads of large names who’ve been signed by Bellator in current months, there may be one fighter who will make his debut at Bellator 257 that would make a giant splash ought to he win.
Not a lot has been product of the signing of Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov, however as we all know in blended martial arts, simply since you’ve by no means heard of somebody doesn’t imply they’re not good. It was introduced again in February that Bellator MMA could be holding one more World Grand Prix, this time at 205 kilos, and one of many extra unknown combatants within the bracket was Yagshimuradov.
Yagshimuradov (18-5-1) is the previous Absolute Championship Akhmat mild heavyweight champion and comes into this bout using an eight-fight profitable streak. A local of Turkmenistan, Yagshimuradov captured the ACA title in 2018 after he defeated Batraz Agnaev through second-round submission. Yagshimuradov defended his title twice thereafter earlier than being signed by Bellator in December of 2020.
The 31-year-old has not misplaced since 2015, a TKO loss to Mikhail Ragozin within the promotion M-1 International. Of his 18 skilled victories, 15 have come through stoppage, a majority of these bouts ending through KO/TKO. Yagshimuradov has heavy arms and is an extended shot to win the event, however stranger issues have occurred within the combat recreation. Nonetheless, exercise will not be on his aspect as he hasn’t competed since 2019, a title protection over Alexey Butorin at ACA 103.
Now thrust into the highlight for North American followers to see, Yagshimuradov can have a troublesome take a look at forward of him this Friday when he stands reverse a fighter most can have seen combat for the previous seven years or so, simply not within the Bellator cage.
Who will Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov tackle at Bellator 257?
Like beforehand talked about, Yagshimuradov might be competing within the quarterfinal spherical of the Mild Heavyweight Grand Prix, and his opponent might be former UFC contender Corey Anderson. Anderson (14-5) had a profitable debut at Bellator 251 the place he completed Melvin Manhoef through second-round TKO. Anderson had a reasonably robust UFC profession that included wins over Glover Teixeira, Johnny Walker and present UFC mild heavyweight champion Jan Blachowicz. Now settled into his new promotion, Anderson might be a stiff take a look at for Yagshimuradov, and vice versa. Anderson’s wrestling-heavy type might pose issues for Yagshimuradov, however Anderson additionally must be weary of any reversals from Yagshimuradov as he loves to complete opponents through relentless floor and pound. Whatever the end result, the winner will transfer on to the semifinal spherical to face former Bellator mild heavyweight and present heavyweight champion Ryan Bader in July.
Oddsmakers presently have Anderson as a slight betting favourite at -175, with Yagshimuradov coming again at +145. Catch Yagshimuradov vs. Anderson this Friday within the co-main occasion at Bellator 257.
Bellator 257 takes place on Friday, April 16, 2021, reside from the Mohegan Solar Enviornment in Uncasville, CT. Observe together with FanSided for all of your reside information and highlights.