There are many reasons to watch Bellator 257.
Bellator 257 is coming live to Showtime on Friday and will feature two major battles in the quest to crown the winner of the Bellator Light Heavyweight Grand Prix. On one arm of the tournament is Corey Anderson, a former top competitor for the UFC, who made his debut against Melvin Manhoef. Anderson will have to get past Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov, a fighter from Turkmenistan who hasn’t lost in five and a half years.
The other side of the tournament will see reigning and defending Bellator light heavyweight champion Vadim Nemkov defend his title against Phil Davis. The title fight will also serve as part of the Bellator Light Heavyweight Grand Prix tournament as well, meaning the winner gets the title and moves on to the next round.
These are just two of the reasons to tune for Bellator 257, but we have three more reasons (at least) to entice you to tune into the event.
These are three reasons to watch Bellator 257Raymond Daniels tries again
Many may not know who Raymond Daniels is, but he’s one of the best martial artists of the last 15 years. He’s a standout in kickboxing, going 35-3, and is even the Bellator kickboxing welterweight champion. He has 10 different karate championships and 10 WAKO kickboxing titles. To say he’s super decorated is an understatement. He’s currently 40 years old and is only taking his fourth fight as a member of the Bellator MMA roster (fifth fight overall) but his wild and exciting striking is worth the price of admission alone. Seeing if Daniels can secure another win with his outlandish move set is just one massive reason to tune in.
Viktor Nemkov’s Bellator debut
When Vadim Nemkov dropped Ryan Bader to take the Bellator light heavyweight championship, few doubted his abilities. It was a statement win. A win that saw the younger Nemkov bully Bader for most of the fight. Did you know that bully had an older brother; Viktor Nemkov? Viktor is challenging Karl Albretsson on the undercard in a make-or-break fight for either man. They’re both fringe top-10 fighters already but a win over one another will surely make things interesting. Is Viktor as good as Vadim? Tune in and find out.
Jay-Jay Wilson’s quest for perfection
If you don’t know who Jay-Jay Wilson is yet, you just may find out. Wilson is taking on his toughest out so far when he faces off with Pedro Carvalho on Friday. Carvalho was on a six-fight win streak until he faced off with the featherweight and lightweight champion of Bellator; Patricio Freire. If Wilson can defeat Freire, then it’ll surely see him shoot from number seven on the rankings to somewhere much higher. Wilson is a finishing machine, scoring six finishes in his seven fights and if he does the same to Carvalho, it won’t just be his rankings that improve.
Bellator 257 takes place on Friday, April 16, 2021, live from the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. Follow along with FanSided for all your live news and highlights.