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Bellator 288 results: Nemkov defends light heavyweight title to bank $1 million



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Vadim Nemkov defended his light heavyweight title at Bellator 288. Photo via Twitter (BellatorMMA)

Bellator light heavyweight champion Vadim Nemkov defeated former UFC contender Corey Anderson grand prix final at Bellator 288 last night. In his third title defence he got the win via a unanimous decision, with 48–47, 49–46 and 49–46 on the scorecards.

Nemkov expected to defend his belt at Bellator 290 in February against former UFC middleweight contender Yoel “Soldier of God” Romero.


New champion Nurmagomedov still undefeated

In the co-main event of Bellator 288 Usman Nurmagomedov made history as he became the first Bellator champion from Dagestan.

After dominating five rounds, he won the lightweight title from Patricky Freire with 50-45, 50-44 and 50-44 on the judges’ scorecards.

“For me, this is so important,” Nurmagomedov said in the post-fight interview.

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Bellator 288 official results

Main Card

  • Vadim Nemkov def. Corey Anderson via unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 49-46)
  • Usman Nurmagomedov def. Patricky Freire via unanimous decision (50-45, 50-44, 50-44)
  • Timur Khizriev def. Daniel Weichel via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Daniel James def. Tyrell Fortune via TKO (elbows) – Round 2
  • Levan Chokheli def. Roman Faraldo via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)
  • Imamshafi Aliev def. Sean Fallon via TKO (doctor’s stoppage) – Round 1
  • Killys Mota def. Jairo Pacheco via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
  • Archie Colgan def. Jesse Hannam via TKO (punches) – Round 1
  • Sullivan Cauley def. Jay Radick via knockout (punches) – Round 1
  • Jordan Newman def. Jayden Taulker via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 2
  • Laird Anderson def. Rob Fenicle via TKO (punches) – Round 2
  • Isaiah Hokit def. Matias Nader via TKO (punches) – Round 2
  • Wladmir Gouvea def. Kory Moegenburg via TKO (punches) – Round 2

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