Bellator 257 Features Vadim Nemkov Defending Light Heavyweight Title
BELLATOR MMA has today confirmed the full fight card for BELLATOR MMA 257: Nemkov vs. Davis 2 this Friday at Mohegan Sun Arena. The event caps off three consecutive weeks of action on SHOWTIME with the card set to begin live at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. ET.
Newly-crowned light heavyweight king Vadim Nemkov (12-2) will take on the No. 2 ranked light heavyweight Phil Davis (22-5) in a rematch three years in the making for both the light heavyweight strap, and to advance to the semifinals of the BELLATOR MMA Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix.
Completing this stacked main card on SHOWTIME are three other must-watch bouts, including No. 3 ranked Corey Anderson (14-5) welcoming the highly-touted former ACA champ Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov (18-5-1) to the BELLATOR cage in a Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix Quarterfinal matchup; a 175-pound contract weight bout between MMA legend Paul Daley (41-17) and the always-exciting No. 8 ranked welterweight Sabah Homasi (15-8); and a women’s flyweight contest matching No. 7 ranked Veta Arteaga (5-4) against Desiree Yanez (5-2).
As part of the launch of BELLATOR MMA on SHOWTIME, the network is offering viewers who are new to the SHOWTIME streaming service a 30-day free trial, followed by a discounted monthly subscription fee of $4.99/month for the next six months. Viewers can sign up at SHO.com/BellatorMMA. Subscribers will be delivered two premier BELLATOR MMA events per month throughout 2021 and beyond, with all events scheduled to air live at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT anywhere the SHOWTIME service is available.
The preliminary card is set for nine bouts and is loaded from top to bottom, including No. 4 ranked featherweight Pedro Carvalho (11-4) taking on Auckland, New Zealand’s own No. 7 ranked Jay-Jay Wilson (7-0). Plus, undefeated No. 7 ranked heavyweight Steve Mowry (8-0), Top-ranked female featherweight Julia Budd (14-3), electrifying welterweight Raymond Daniels (2-1) and light heavyweight Viktor Nemkov (30-7). All prelims will stream live at 6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT on the BELLATOR MMA YouTube channel, SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel and Pluto TV. Full bout listings are below:
9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT
Light Heavyweight WGP Quarterfinal Bout: c-Vadim Nemkov (12-2) vs. #2-Phil Davis (22-5)
Light Heavyweight WGP Quarterfinal Bout: #3-Corey Anderson (14-5) vs. Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov (18-5-1)
175-Pound Contract Weight Bout: Paul Daley (16-1) vs. #8-Sabah Homasi (15-8)
Flyweight Bout: #7-Veta Arteaga (5-4) vs. Desiree Yanez (5-2)
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6 p.m. ET/3 p.m. PT
Light Heavyweight Bout:#5-Julius Anglickas (9-1) vs. Gregory Milliard (12-5)
Featherweight Bout: #1-Julia Budd (14-3) vs. Dayana Siilva (9-5)
Heavyweight Bout: #7-Steve Mowry (8-0) vs. Shaun Asher (13-3-1)
Welterweight Bout: Grachik Bozinyan (10-4) vs. Demarques Jackson (11-4)
Welterweight Bout: Raymond Daniels (2-1) vs. Peter Stanonik (4-4, 1 NC)
Light Heavyweight Bout: Karl Albrektsson (10-3) vs. Viktor Nemkov (30-7-1)
Featherweight Bout: #4-Pedro Carvalho (11-4) vs. #7-Jay-Jay Wilson (7-0)
Lighweight Bout: Lance Gibson Jr. (3-0) vs. Marcus Surin (6-2)
Featherweight Bout: Saul Rogers (14-3) vs. #10-Mads Burnell (14-3)