Reactions to Vadim Nemkov successfully defending the Bellator light heavyweight title against Phil Davis at Bellator 257
Vadim Nemkov has earned at least another fight as a defending Bellator champion in the Bellator Light Heavyweight Grand Prix, making his first successful title defense in the main event of Bellator 257 against Phil Davis.
This was a rematch from Bellator 209 in November 2018, a fight that saw Nemkov come away with a split decision.
Since coming to Bellator from RIZIN, in addition to the win over Davis, Nemkov’s run in the promotion has seen him knockout Philipe Lins, TKO former light heavyweight champ Liam McGeary and submit former middleweight champ Rafael Carvalho. It all led up to facing Ryan Bader at Bellator 244 in August and delivering a second-round TKO to win the title.
Davis has won nine of the 11 fights he’s had in Bellator, with the only losses being the loss to Nemkov and losing the light heavyweight championship to Ryan Bader. Davis entered this fight on a three-fight win streak, defeating McGeary via jaw-injury TKO, finishing Karl Albrektsson and defeating Lyoto Machida on a split decision.
Twitter reacts to Vadim Nemkov moving on in the Bellator Light Heavyweight Grand Prix
Despite Davis having a strong wrestling background, he scored no takedowns over the course of the 25 minutes, while Nemkov scored three. Similar to when they first met, Davis was slow in his offensive output, while Nemkov pushed the pace and controlled the fight for the first three rounds.
Davis slowly picked up his pace in the title rounds, but Nemkov was still able to hold his own and it wasn’t enough for the former champ. All three judges scored the bout 48-47 for Nemkov.
See how Twitter reacted to the win by Nemkov — or the performance by Davis.
Its so frustrating watching @PhilMrWonderful fight. The guy is a athletic specimen and he could of won a lot of his fights if he just made a couple little adjustments between rounds. He's a good fighter who could be great #Bellator257 @BellatorMMA #MMA #MMATwitter
— Ricky Walsh (@RDUBBS518) April 17, 2021
— Jeff Brantley (@Jeff_Brantley) April 17, 2021
— Sly Camacho Jr (@silver135091) April 17, 2021
Nemkov committed too much on the overhand right. Otherwise, he's still a mf beast. #Bellator257
— MMA Drunk 👊🏽🍻 (@MMADrunk) April 17, 2021
Phil is just one of those frustrating fighters. #Bellator257
— JiuJitsuFresh🤙🏾 (@coojofresh) April 17, 2021
— Áddson Oliveira (@Stek02) April 17, 2021
No idea why Nemkov did not literally take his leg home after landing the low kicks at will round 1. Would love some journalist asking him. Did he break something? Noticed he barely threw anymore, and those were half the time deep ones with the shin. #Bellator257
— MagicM MMA (@MagicM_MMA) April 17, 2021
— FightorFlight (@fightgamecanada) April 17, 2021
One thing I loved that Nemkov was doing after he gassed was using offense to serve as his defense.
He just kept throwing labored punches, but Phil wasn’t a good enough striker to capitalize & not smart enough to wrestle. #Bellator257
— Josh P (@JoshP_UFCpicks) April 17, 2021
Nemkov looked good tonight but he's gotta fight Rumble or Romero next…. #Bellator257
— Aaron Running (@aaronrunning_) April 17, 2021
Josh Thompson is 100% correct about Davis being frustrating. These guys are friends, so we won’t be too honest. Maybe that’s the problem. Davis needs a lot of tough love to reach the next level. #bellator257
— plañts armstrong (@iggytrevino) April 17, 2021
Bellator 257 took 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.