Bellator was back in town (in Uncasville, CT) on Friday night for Bellator 244, their third card since a return to action last month. The “FightSphere” had seen Sergio Pettis and Michael Chandler pick up key wins, and now it was time for Ryan Bader and Vadim Nemkov to throw down — with Bader’s light heavyweight title on the line. Watch Here
Earlier in the night, the Bellator 244 preliminary card was looking pretty stacked, anchored by a catchweight fight between welterweights Yaroslav Amosov and Mark Lemminger. At 23-0, and having headlined a Bellator event already, Amosov’s placement on the prelims was a head-scratcher, but all the more reason to tune in. In Lemminger, he had a game opponent who did have the potential to pull off the upset as the underdog.
Also in early action, “Gentleman” Josh Hill was back, looking for his second win under the Bellator banner. The Canadian had drawn former UFC standout Erik Perez at Bellator 244, in what had the makings of a very explosive fight.
Tune in come fight time (7:15PM ET) for full results. The official live stream of the action can be found above.
Bellator 244: Bader vs. Nemkov Preliminary Card Results
Yaroslav Amosov vs. Mark Lemminger
In the three years since he captured the Bellator MMA light heavyweight title in his first fight with the promotion, Ryan Bader has done nothing but add to his growing resume. Bader moved up to heavyweight and captured a second title by winning the Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix.
The Bellator 205-pound division over that same time, largely toiled under the radar as the next contender for Bader’s title was being formed.
Enter Vadim Nemkov.
On Friday, for the first time since 2017, Bader (27-5, 1 NC) will move back down in weight to defend his title when he meets the red-hot Nemkov (11-2) in the main event of Bellator 244 (Paramount Network/DAZN, 10 p.m. ET) from the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut.
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