Los Angeles — BELLATOR MMA today announced an extension to the contract of reigning, undisputed BELLATOR Light Heavyweight World Champion and No. 2-ranked pound-for-pound competitor Vadim Nemkov (16-2, 1 NC). The multi-year, multi-fight extension bolsters the promotion’s talent-rich roster, which is home to several of the top fighters in the world.
Nemkov, 30, has extended his deal with BELLATOR following his million-dollar Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix finals victory over rival Corey Anderson. The win kept the Russian’s BELLATOR record perfect at a remarkable 8-0, 1 NC, which includes victories over former champions in Phil Davis, Liam McGeary, and Rafael Carvalho, as well as current Heavyweight Champion Ryan Bader. He will continue to carry the torch for his mentor, the iconic Fedor Emelianenko.
“Vadim Nemkov was another athlete that we wanted to make sure we had on the BELLATOR roster for the foreseeable future. He’s a huge part of one of the divisions that we feel is the strongest in all of mixed martial arts,” BELLATOR President Scott Coker said. “Our light heavyweight tournament showcased that we have the top talent in the world at 205-pounds and we’re proud to be able to retain such a talented fighter to continue to lead that division. I am looking forward to seeing Vadim in exciting matchups in 2023 and beyond.”
In nine BELLATOR fights, Nemkov has quickly established himself as one of the best fighters in all mixed martial arts; unbeaten in his last 11 fights, Nemkov has amassed five knockouts and two submission victories over quality opponents during that span. As of January 16, leading MMA database Sherdogranks Nemkov as their top-ranked light heavyweight, regardless of promotion. Nemkov is ranked within the Top Five of ESPN’s, USA Today’s, and Vox Media’s light heavyweight sport-wide rankings.
Nemkov was slated to face former Olympic medalist Yoel Romero in a fourth title defense as the co-headliner of BELLATOR 290, but was forced to withdraw. That highly-anticipated fight instantly resonated with fight fans, and will likely be rescheduled for the first bout on Nemkov’s newly-signed contract with BELLATOR MMA.
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Updated Schedule of BELLATOR Events
Fri. Feb. 4 // BELLATOR 290: Bader vs. Emelianenko 2 // Kia Forum // Los Angeles, CA
Sat. Feb. 25 // BELLATOR 291: Amosov vs. Storley 2 // 3Arena // Dublin, Ireland
Fri. Mar. 10 // BELLATOR 292: Nurmagomedov vs. Henderson // SAP Center // San Jose, CA
Fri. Mar. 31 // BELLATOR 293: Golm vs. James // Pechanga Resort Casino // Temecula, CA
Fri. May 12 // BELLATOR Paris: Mousasi vs. Edwards // Accor Arena // Paris, France
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