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First fight up at Bellator 257 is a featherweight contenders’
matchup between undefeated prospect Wilson (7-0) and Carvalho
(11-4), who has plummeted from headliner to curtain-jerker since
his last fight. Kevin MacDonald draws the referee assignment for
this opening bout. Wilson hits a double-leg takedown immediately
and plants Carvalho on his seat in the middle of the cage. Carvalho
pops up, but Wilson takes his back standing, sinks both hooks and
hauls him back down. Wilson with a body triangle. Just 90 seconds
in, and Carvalho is in all kinds of trouble. Carvalho spins around
and is in Wilson’s guard. Carvalho on top, against the fence.
Wilson briefly goes to rubber guard, but gives it up and goes back
to full guard. Carvalho throws a few short punches, but is too busy
defending himself in Wilson’s aggressive guard to do much more.
Wilson looks for an armbar briefly, but can’t secure it. 30 seconds
left and it’s still Carvalho on top, in Wilson’s closed guard. The
round expires. 10-9 Wilson.
Wilson lands a spinning backfist right out of the gate which lands,
stunning Carvalho. Carvalho goes staggering away and Wilson is all
over him, swarming with punches. They clinch against the fence and
Wilson uses a whizzer to toss the still-dazed Carvalho to the
canvas. He lands in full mount, throws a few more punches
and MacDonald dives in for the stop.
Dominant work by Jay-Jay
The Official Result
Jay-Jay Wilson def. Pedro Carvalho R2 0:53 via TKO (Punches)
It’s England vs. Denmark as Rogers and Burnell stake their matching
14-3 records in a featherweight preliminary bout. Todd Anderson is
the referee. Rogers takes Burnell down immediately and grabs a
front headlock as Burnell gets back up. He keeps the headlock even
as Burnell moves to top position, but wisely lets go as Burnell
passes to half guard. Two minutes in, it’s Burnell on top, trying
to pass Rogers’ butterfly guard. He does pass, and briefly gets
Rogers’ back, but Rogers rolls through, stands up and uses another
double-leg to dump Burnell to the mat. Rogers on top, two minutes
left in the round, and Burnell kicks him off and pops back up. They
exchange punches for a moment, and a Burnell leg kick nearly takes
Rogers’ base out from under him. They collide near the fence and
Rogers grabs a Japanese necktie. It looks tight as they fall to the
canvas, with Rogers’ neck at an alarming angle, but the Mancunian
is calm as he defends and pops his head out. The round expires with
Burnell on top. 10-9 Burnell.
Rogers zaps Burnell with a lead right hand, then another. Rogers
shoots another double-leg, but Burnell uses an underhook to turn
him over, landing on top. Burnell is on top, in Rogers’ half guard.
Rogers regains full guard, but as he tries to insert a knee shield,
Burnell passes to side control. Burnell throws a couple of punches,
as Rogers tries to get back to guard. Rogers turns and Burnell is
out to the side, nearly on his back, throwing hard punches to the
head. Rogers turns back into him, and it’s Burnell still in side
control. Burnell on Rogers’ back with one hook in against the
fence, throwing punches. He gets the other hook and cinches up a rear-naked
choke. Rogers fights briefly, but is tapping a second later.
Outstanding ground work by the Dane.
The Official Result
Mads Burnell def. Saul Rogers R2 4:08 via Submission (Rear-Naked
The older Nemkov brother (30-7-1) and Albrektsson (10-3) square off
in a light heavyweight contest. Mike Beltran will keep things
clean. They touch gloves and commence exchanging jabs and low kicks
from orthodox stance. Nemkov catches a kick and throws a counter
over the top. Albrektsson changes levels for a takedown, but Nemkov
grabs a guillotine and stands him up, Albrektsson is driving Nemkov
into the fence. Nemkov still holding onto the choke, but
Albrektsson elevates him and dumps him. Nemkov closes his guard and
squeezes. Nemkov finally lets it go, and it’s Albrektsson on top in
full guard. He drops an elbow and a couple of short punches.
Another elbow from the Swede. Nemkov still with closed guard,
trying to tie up Albrektsson’s wrists. A minute left and
Albrektsson is still chipping away with short elbows. Albrektsson
goes to posture up and Nemkov kicks him off. Nemkov throws a couple
of upkicks, but Albrektsson dives back into his guard behind a
punch. The round ends. 10-9 Albrektsson.
Tentative work on the feet in the first minute or so, with neither
man landing much of consequence. Albrektsson shoots a takedown and
Nemkov once again counters with a guillotine. This time he lets go
within seconds, however, as Albrektsson completes the takedown.
Albrektsson in Nemkov’s half guard against the fence. He resumes
dropping elbows, and one of them cuts the Russian. Nemkov is
bleeding, not offering much from his back other than to survive.
Nemkov tries to stand and Albrektsson grabs a front headlock
briefly, then an overhook. Nemkov gets back to his feet.
Albrektsson pushes him into the fence. They disengage and return to
striking in the center of the cage. A minute left. Albrektsson
lands and outside leg kick, then one to the body. Nemkov returns
fire with a hard leg kick. He catches Albrektsson’s next kick and
counters with another overhand right. The bell rings. 10-9
Nemkov’s jab is in Albrektsson’s face to start the final round.
Albrektsson shoots a takedown and once again, Nemkov grabs a
guillotine. He holds onto the neck as Albrektsson completes the
takedown, but lets go a moment later. Albrektsson in Nemkov’s full
guard at the base of the fence, dropping elbows from top position.
Albrektsson passes to half guard, and he is heavy on top, chest to
chest. Nemkov doing little to escape, but throws some punches that
curl around Albrektsson’s head to hit the opposite ear. Two minutes
left and Albrektsson is still on top, still throwing enough elbows
to stave off a standup by Beltan, who is hovering over the
proceedings. With a minute left, Albrektsson appears to be
contemplating an arm-triangle, but nothing comes of it and he
postures up to drop another elbow. 20 seconds left, and the fight
ends with Albrektsson throwing punches to the body and one final
elbow to the face. 10-9 Albrektsson (30-27 Albrektsson).
The Official Result
Karl Albrektsson def. Viktor Nemkov via Unanimous Decision (30-27,
It’s a lightweight match next, as Surin (5-2) takes on
second-generation prospect Gibson (3-0). Dan Miragliotta is the
referee. Gibson is southpaw, Surin orthodox. Gibson bounces around
the outside, landing a hard body kick. They clinch and Gibson takes
Surin’s back standing. Surin turns to face him, but Gibson drives
him to the fence and lands a hard knee up the middle. They
disengage and Gibson lands another body kick. They clinch again,
and Gibson frames and lands a couple of level elbow strikes. Surin
drops levels for a takedown, but Gibson gets an underhook and
shucks him off easily. They separate. Surin lands an elbow on the
break, and Gibson nails him with yet another body kicks. Two
minutes left. Gibson goes upstairs with a kick that is blocked,
then lands one to the outside of Surin’s right leg. Gibson is
walking Surin down with kicks. Under a minute left and Gibson
begins opening up with his hands, landing a couple of clean,
straight punches. Gibson with a knee up the middle. The bell
sounds. 10-9 Gibson.
Gibson just misses with a murderous lead right hook, then lands a
body kicks. Surin is standing tough in the pocket, looking to
counter, but is just a hair behind in every exchange. Gibson
catches a finger to the right eye, and Miragliotta pauses the
action so that he can recover. The pause ends up being more of an
intermission, as the cageside doctor comes in to confer with
Gibson. When they resume, Gibson goes right back to nailing Surin
with body kicks to the open right side. Gibson grabs a Thai clinch
and throws a knee up the middle. Gibson looks to take Surin’s back
standing, but Surin denies him. 90 second left, and Gibson is
driving Surin into the cage, throwing knees to his legs. Surin with
a nice uppercut to the body. Gibson grabs a rear waistlock and
Surin tries an inside switch. Gibson manages to drag him down with
20 seconds left. The round ends with Gibson on Surin’s back with a
leg ride. 10-9 Gibson.
They touch gloves to open the third round. Gibson throws a low calf
kick, switches stances and throws with the other leg. Surin drops
for a takedown, but Gibson is all over it. He looks to be working
for an anaconda choke, but gives it up a moment later. They clinch
against the fence. Gibson grabs a single-leg and runs Surin to the
ground at the base of the cage. Gibson stands, evades an upkick,
and Surin stands as well. Surin walks Gibson down, as Gibson circle
out and flicks out his left body kick. 90 seconds left, Surin drops
for a single-leg, hauls Gibson down, but Gibson uses a body lock to
deny him the takedown. Surin takes Gibson’s back. 45 seconds left,
he’s looking for a choke as Gibson tries to escape out the back
door. Surin loses the choke, but throws punches to the head of
Gibson. Gibson stands and a few seconds later, the bell rings to
signify the end of the bout. 10-9 Gibson (30-27 Gibson).
The Official Result
Lance Gibson Jr. def. Marcus Surin via Unanimous Decision (29-28,
Daniels (2-1) and Stanonik (4-4) face off in what should be a
welterweight striker’s delight, with Todd Anderson officiating.
Daniels slides around the outside of the cage, throwing low kicks,
as Stanonik comes forward, pumping his jab. Daniels misses with a
spinning heel kick, but lands a knee to the body that freezes
Stanonik. He stands and comes forward, and Daniels lands a knee to
the head. Stanonik goes down and Daniels is all over him with
ground-and-pound. Anderson is right there, telling Stanonik he
needs to move. Stanonik does, and Daniels lets him up. Daniels
lands a couple more blistering low kicks. Stanonik clinches and
forces Daniels to the fence, landing a nice knee. They disengage.
Daniels nails him with another kick. He picks Stanonik’s right knee
and runs him to the canvas. He’s in half guard, throwing short
strikes. The round ends. 10-8 Daniels.
The doctor warns Stanonik between rounds that he can't take another
round of punishment like that or the fight will be stopped.
Stanonik backs Daniels up with a flurry of hooks, but Daniels’ head
movement is on point. Stanonik charging forward, and Daniels gives
ground and circles out. Daniels times the onrushing Texan for an
easy takedown in the center of the cage. Daniels in Stanonik’s full
guard, throwing short elbows. Stanonik controls Daniels’ posture
with both arms behind Daniels’ neck, and Daniels changes to
throwing punches to the ribs. Stanonik looks for an armbar, but
Daniels extricates his arm. They stand with half the round left.
They clinch and Daniels uses a trip to bring Stanonik back to the
floor. Daniels in Stanonik’s half guard, and he pins Stanonik’s arm
with his outside leg, opening him up for unblocked elbows. Anderson
is looking on closely as Daniels advances to crucifix position.
Stanonik is hanging on for dear life, using his arm to control
Daniels’ posture as much as he can. Daniels is still hammering away
as the round ends. 10-8 Daniels.
The doctor checks on Stanonik again, and for a moment it looks as
if the fight will be stopped. However, Stanonik trudges out for
another round of punishment. Daniels lands a nice three-piece
combo, then cliches with Stanonik against the fence and hauls him
to the canvas again with a nice outside trip. Daniels in Stanonik's
half guard, throwing punches and elbows. Stanonik throws a punch
from his back that lands. Daniels gets the crucifix again for a
moment, but Stanonik frees his arm. 90 seconds left and Daniels
postures up and drops a huge punch. Stanonik throws his hips up for
an armbar, but there's nothing there. Daniels is looking to advance
position, but Stanonik sits up and sweeps to top position. He has
30 seconds to work, but Daniels reverses him. The final bell sounds
on a complete mauling. 10-9 Daniels (30-25 Daniels).
The Official Result
Raymond Daniels def. Peter Stanonik via Unanimous Decision (30-26,
Bozinyan and Jackson face off in a welterweight clash, with Mike
Beltran drawing ref duty. They’re both throwing hard right off the
bat, both out of orthodox stance. Jackson nails Bozinyan with a
right. Bozinyan takes a hard leg kick, then lands a stiff right
hand. Jackson shoots a double-leg and after a struggle against the
fence, it’s Bozinyan who lands in top position. Boxinyan in half
guard, trying to land strikes. Jackson stuffs him back to full
guard. Bozinyan heavy on top, driving towards Jackson’s head as
Jackson controls his posture with an arm behind the neck. Bozinyan
drives Jackson all the way to the fence, where Jackson sits up, but
can’t stand because Bozinyan has his legs laced. 90 seconds left
and Bozinyan throws a punch to the head, but Jackson pops up to his
feet. Bozinyan has an overhook, looking for a hip throw, but
Jackson squashes it and lands on top. They stand with under 30
seconds left and are swinging as the bell sounds. 10-9 Jackson.
Jackson lands a right cross and a jab to open Round 2. He stings
Bozinyan with a low calf kick. Bozinyan drops levels for a takedown
and gets Jackson down at the base of the fence. Bozinyan in
Jackson’s full guard, throwing punches and elbows, looking to pass
to half guard. He passes. He tries to move to mount, but has to
settle for taking half guard on the other side. Bozinyan drags
Jackson away from the fence and starts to throw punches, but
Jackson scoots back to the fence and tries to stand. He ends up
seated against the fence in much the same position as Round 1, with
Bozinyan locking his left leg down and preventing him from
standing. He finally explodes to his feet, and Bozinyan is looking
to drag him back down. Bozinyan uses an overhook to force the
action back to the canvas, and they’re near the center of the cage.
Bozinyan in Jackson’s full guard. 30 seconds left. The round ends
that way, with Jackson throwing some Kevin Holland-esque slaps to
the ears of Bozinyan. 10-9 Bozinyan.
Jackson again aggressive to open the final round, and Bozinyan is
circling out. Bozinyan zaps him with a right hand, and Jackson
drops for a low single. Bozinyan fights it off and they clinch
against the fence. Bozinyan presses Jackson into the cage, throwing
elbows. They move away from the fence, and Bozinyan looks for a
takedown, but Jackson executes a ridiculous reversal, more or less
taking Bozinyan’s back in midair. Jackson has a neck crank, which
looks uncomfortable but not fight-ending. Bozinyan reverses,
spinning into guard, but Jackson takes his back again. Jackson
looks for a rear-naked choke, but it’s closer to a neck or face
crank again. Bozinyan again spins into Jackson’s guard with 45
seconds left. Both men look exhausted, Bozinyan throwing slow
punches to the ribs as the final bell sounds. 10-9 Jackson (29-28
The Official Result
Grachik Bozinyan def. Demarques Jackson via Unanimous Decision
(30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
It’s time for some heavyweight action, as the undefeated Mowry
(8-0) takes on the 13-3-1 Asher. Todd Anderson is your referee. And
luckily, Anderson isn’t far from the action as Mowry levels Asher with a step-in knee to the face
in the very first exchange of the fight!
Asher drops like a
sack of rocks, and Mowry is right on top of him, throwing punches
and hammerfists to the dazed Ohioan. There’s no recovery going on,
and Anderson dives in for the stoppage. Brutal stuff from the
The Official Result
Steve Mowry def. Shaun Asher R1 0:55 via TKO (Knee and
Light heavyweights Anglickas (9-1) and Milliard (12-5) square off,
with Dan Miragliotta the third man in the cage. It’s tense
kickboxing in the opening minute, with both men throwing jabs and
one-twos out of orthodox stance. Milliard clinches, and Anglickas
runs him to the fence and gives him a hard knee up the middle.
Anglickas muscling Milliard around in the clinch, using an
underhook and head position to control Milliard. Miragliotta
separates them and the retake the center of the cage with two
minutes left. Milliard is feinting and throwing low kicks, while
Anglickas sticks his jab into the face and body of the shorter man.
30 seconds left and Anglickas comes forward, clinching and running
Milliard to the fence. The bell sounds. 10-9 Anglickas.
Between rounds, Anglickas’ corner asks for more kicks, and he
obliges, throwing a whipping outside leg kick to open Round 2.
Milliard looks to counter with punches, and just misses with a big
one. 30 seconds in, Anglickas drops levels and plows Milliard to
the canvas. Anglickas trying to pass to mount, but Milliard defends
by tying up his arms. Anglickas in Milliard’s half guard, two
minutes in. Anglickas drives Milliard to the fence, looking for
openings to drop elbows. Anglickas is heavy on top, driving a
forearm into the chin and neck. Milliard bucks and moves them away
from the fence, but they scoot back there right away. Milliard gets
his back to the fence and tries to wall-walk, but his leg is tied
up by Anglickas and he’s stuck. Under 30 seconds left. The round
ends in the same position. 10-9 Anglickas.
Anglickas lands a long straight right hand, then drops levels for
another effortless takedown. They are against the fence, with
Anglickas in Milliard’s full guard. Anglickas lands a punch.
Milliard pops up to one knee, but Anglickas takes his back as he
stands. Three minutes left, Milliard turns in to Anglickas and they
break. Before Milliard can land a single punch, Anglickas shoots
another double-leg and drives him right back to the ground.
Anglickas in Milliard’s full guard. Milliard trying to lock him
down with wrist control. Anglickas postures up and Milliard pushes
him off with feet on the hips. Anglickas dives right back into
Milliard’s guard. Anglickas is heavy on top, chest to chest with
his head under Milliard’s chin. A minute left. Milliard closes his
guard, then opens up and explodes out, but Anglickas follows and
keeps his hips over his opponent’s. Anglickas passes to half guard
at the 10-second clapper. The bell marks the end of the fight. 10-9
Anglickas (30-27 Anglickas).
The Official Result
Julius Anglickas def. Gregory Milliard via Unanimous Decision
(29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
The top prelim features former featherweight champ Budd (14-3) as a
massive favorite over the debuting Silva (9-5). Kevin MacDonald
will oversee the fisticuffs. Both women are in orthodox stance to
kick things off, and it’s Silva coming forward, throwing low kicks
and feinting with her hands. Budd lands a hard outside leg kick.
Silva snaps out a jab that falls just short. A minute and a half
in, and neither woman has really started to pull the trigger. Budd
lands a glancing left hook. The round is half gone, and Silva lands
a low calf kick. Silva bounces into the taller woman’s range and
lands a right hook. Budd lands a hard low kick and Silva counters
with a right hook. Silva whiffs on a huge right hand. Budd lands a
left hook at the 10-second clapper. The bell sounds on a very
tentative round. 10-9 Budd.
They touch gloves to open the second round, and resume kickboxing.
Silva lands a looping overhand right. Budd lands a sharp left jab.
Budd with another heavy low kick. Silva still throwing that big
right hand, but even when it lands, there just isn’t much behind
it. Budd feinting kicks and landing her jab. Budd drops levels and
grabs a double-leg, then switches to a single. Silva defending
against the fence, throwing short elbows, but Budd drags her down.
Budd takes Silva’s back as she stands. Budd with a rear waistlock,
throwing knees to the legs of Silva. Budd steps out and tosses
Silva to the canvas. She lands in half guard, throwing short
punches as the round ends. 10-9 Budd.
The final round begins with another touch of gloves, and Budd backs
Silva up with a push kick up the middle. Silva darts forward with a
double jab. Budd counters with a body kick. Silva still coming
forward with punches, and Budd still giving ground and returning
fire with kicks. A minute and a half gone, and Silva is the busier
woman. Budd lands a low kick and a left hand. Silva marching
forward at the midpoint of the round, throwing looping punches with
both hands. Silva lands a low kicks. With 90 seconds left, the pace
is the same as ever. Silva lands an overhand right. The corners are
yelling urgently, but the fight is still glacial. Budd shoots a
takedown with 15 seconds left. Silva uses an overhook to pop back
up, and they finish the fight standing. The bell sounds on a fight
that will probably make nobody happy. 10-9 Silva (29-28 Budd).
The Official Result
Julia Budd def. Dayana Silva via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29,
The well-traveled Daley (41-17-2) meets the 15-8 Homasi in a
175-pound catchweight meeting of knockout artists. Kevin MacDonald
waves them into action, and Homasi lands first with a left body
kick. Homasi with a kick upstairs that is blocked, then a left
inside leg kick. Daley hasn’t thrown a strike yet. Homasi rushes
forward and nails Daley with a sweeping right hand that rocks him
badly. Homasi all over him against the fence, trying to finish, but
Daley gets to his feet and staggers away. Homasi launches a flying
knee to the midsection, then drops Daley with another punch. Homasi
is throwing punches, Daley squirming and trying to get out of
danger. Daley somehow survives, but he’s still down with Homasi in
his guard. Half the round gone, and Daley stands. They clinch, then
disengage. Homasi slips on a kick, but Daley doesn’t give chase.
The pace has slowed with a minute left. Both men in orthodox
stance, feinting. Daley runs Homasi to the fence and takes a rear
waistlock. Daley knees Homasi to the head, then again. A third
time, and Homasi is hurt. Daley pursues and tries to finish, but
Homasi recovers. The bell sounds on a wild round. 10-9 Homasi.
Homasi comes out southpaw, but switches to orthodox and throws a
right uppercut. Daley levels him with a right-hand counter. Daley
jumps on him, flailing with hammerfists, but Homasi recovers.
Daley catches a left kick with his left hand, lets
it go and nails Homasi with a left hook.
Homasi drops in a
heap, Daley follows up with a few punches, and MacDonald has seen
enough. Incredibly slick stuff from the 38-year-old “Semtex” —
that’s C-4, for us Yanks — and a sensational end to a crazy
The Official Result
Paul Daley def. Sabah Homasi R2 1:44 via TKO (Punches)
Arteaga (5-4) welcomes Combate Americas veteran and habitual
strawweight “Dirty Dez” (5-2) to the Bellator cage. Todd Anderson
is your referee. The women meet and swing wildly. Arteaga throws
three hooks, at least one of which lands. Yanez pushes her to the
fence, but Arteaga shoves her away and they reset. Arteaga zaps
Yanez with a left hand. Yanez feinting but not throwing much.
Arteaga lands a low kick, then runs into a right-hand counter from
Yanez. Two and a half minutes in, Yanez comes forward and whiffs
with a big right hook. Yanez reaches with the jab, then another.
She lands a jab to the body. Arteaga comes forward and tries to
clinch, but Yanez punishes her with a couple of uppercuts and
Arteaga retreats. A minute left and Arteaga is coming forward,
feinting and throwing one-twos. Yanez misses a counter left hook.
Yanez shoots for a takedown with 30 seconds left, takes Arteaga’s
back on the way down, and is in back control looking for a choke
when time expires. Close round. 10-9 Yanez.
They touch gloves to open Round 2 and then immediately go back to
swinging. Arteaga drops the onrushing Yanez with a right hand, and
jumps into her half guard. Yanez scrambles back to her feet, eats
another strike for her trouble and then is shoved into the fence by
Arteaga. Arteaga hauls Yanez back to the floor, takes her back and
slaps on a choke. Yanez fights it off, gets back to her seat, but
Arteaga is still on her back with one hook in, working for a
rear-naked choke. Two minutes gone, and Yanez spins back to guard.
She gets to her knees, with Arteaga holding a front headlock.
Arteaga lands two illegal knees to Yanez, who is officially
grounded with a hand on the canvas. Anderson pauses the action,
checks on Yanez and deducts a point from Arteaga, who likely could
not see the hand but nonetheless did damage. They return to the
feet, and Yanez drops levels for a takedown. Arteaga stands her up,
but they end up on the fence. Arteaga pushes Yanez off and they
return to the center of the cage. 90 seconds left. Arteaga lands a
right cross, and takes a left jab from Yanez. Arteaga is cut
somewhere over the eyes, but she’s still the aggressor as time
expires. 9-9 round.
Another touch of gloves, and the final round is on. Yanez shoots a
takedown immediately and gets it, driving Arteaga to the canvas and
setting up in her full guard. Arteaga is active from the bottom,
using an omoplata to sweep and return to her feet. Arteaga tags
Yanez with a punch combination and pushes her to the fence. Yanez
reverses position, uses head position to stand Yanez up and lands a
couple of short punches to the face. They separate and Yanez lands
a jab. Arteaga returns serve with a right hand. Halfway through the
round, Arteaga is coming forward, throwing. She lands a lead left
to the gut, then nails Yanez with a counter right when she tries to
land her own punch. Yanez clinches and shoves Arteaga to the fence.
Arteaga reverses her, then pushes her away. Yanez tries a
tired-looking level change, but there’s nothing doing. They clinch
near the fence and Arteaga is working for a takedown when the bell
sounds. Thanks to the point deduction, Arteaga will have to settle
for a draw in a fight that looked a lot like a win, on our
scorecard at least. 10-9 Arteaga (28-28 Draw).
The Official Result
Veta Arteaga def. Desiree Yanez via Majority Decision (28-28,
Your second Light Heavyweight Grand Prix quarterfinal features
former UFC contender Anderson (14-5) welcoming ACA standout and
general tournament wildcard Yagshimuradov (18-5-1) to the
FightSphere. Anderson’s jab is in the face of Yagshimuradov early,
both men in orthodox. A minute and a half in, neither man has
committed to more than the occasional single strike. Anderson lands
a glancing front kick up the middle. Yagshimuradov has just barely
missed several times with his right uppercut. Anderson drives
Yagshimuradov into the fence, landing a knee to the gut. Anderson
still diligent with the jab, and thus far, that and his superior
reach have been enough to keep Yagshimuradov on his heels. At the
one-minute mark, Anderson lands a hard leg kick. He comes back with
an immediate head kick, but can’t connect. Anderson landed a left
jab followed by a left straight, and just eludes the right uppercut
that comes back. At the 20-second mark, Yagshimuradov throws a
furious spin kick that lands on Anderson’s guard, but clearly hurts
nonetheless. The bell sounds on a cautious first frame. 10-9
Anderson drives Yagshimuradov to the fence, looking to throw short
strikes. He appears to contemplate dropping for a takedown, but
Yagshimuradov pushes him off and they set up in the center of the
cage again. Anderson’s jab is still a constant presence, and thus
far, Yagshimuradov has not had any success landing the counter
right he is clearly loading up for. Anderson whiffs on a head kick.
Yagshimuradov lands a right hand. Anderson comes in for a takedown,
grabbing a double-leg against the fence. Yagshimuradov defends ably
with an underhook, but Anderson turns the corner and gets him to
the canvas. Anderson passes to mount. One minute left.
Yagshimuradov is shrimping, squirming, trying to present a moving
target, but Anderson is postuing up and dropping jackhammer elbows.
Yagshimuradov survives to the bell, but not much more than that.
Yagshimuradov looks recovered to begin Round 3, but Anderson
barrels forward and lands a three-piece against the fence.
Yagshimuradov slides out the side, but Anderson gives chase,
clinches Yagshimuradov and dumps him to the canvas. Anderson sets
up in half guard, dropping punches and elbows. Yagshimuradov turns
to the side, then to his knees, and Anderson is all over him,
throwing punches from a leg ride. Yagshimuradov goes to his back,
but the barrage of ground-and-pound forces him to give his back.
Anderson keeps hammering away, and Yagshimuradov turns back into
him, clinging for life. Anderson muscles Yagshimuradov’s head away from him
and lands a final flurry of punches that spur referee Anderson into
Brutal display of ground-and-pound by “Overtime,” who
advances to meet Ryan Bader in the grand prix semifinal.
The Official Result
Corey Anderson def. Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov R3 2:15 via TKO
Light Heavyweight Title Fight and WGP Quarterfinal Bout:
Nemkov (204.5) vs. Phil Davis
The main event will yield the third semifinalist of the ongoing
205-pound tourney, but is also a title fight in its own right, as
Nemkov (12-2) places his belt on the line against Davis (22-5, 1
NC) whom he defeated via split decision in their first meeting two
and a half years ago. Dan Miragliotta draws the final refereeing
assignment of the evening. They touch gloves, and set up in
matching orthodox stances. Nemkov comes forward with a one-two that
falls short and a head kick that glances. Nemkov with his first
kick to the lead calf of Davis. Davis pops Nemkov with a jab.
Nemkov lands another calf kick. Nemkov comes in and lands a right
hand, evading the standing elbow that Davis sends back. Nemkov
catches Davis off-balance with a short right hand, sending him
stumbling. Halfway into the round, it’s Nemkov landing first and
more effectively in most of the exchanges. Nemkov comes in with a
triple jab and a right cross that misses. Davis’s jab lands twice.
Nemkov comes back with another calf kick. Davis throws a kick to
the body. A minute left, and Davis lands a solid low kick. Nemkov
lands a crisp jab. Davis lands another kick to the body. Nemkov
slips on a kick with seconds left. Davis gives chase, but the round
expires. 10-9 Nemkov.
Davis sends a kick up the middle, Nemkov sends a high kick, neither
of which land with much authority. Davis blocks a high kick and
lands a hard right-handed counter. Nemkov throws another kick that
lands on Davis’ high guard. Nemkov is bleeding from outside the
left eye. Nemkov lands a one-two, and Davis comes back with a body
kick. Nemkov seems to be out-throwing Davis by about two to one,
and even the strikes that aren’t hurting Davis are catching him off
balance. Nemkov drops Davis with a pair of punches and dives onto
him, but Davis works back to his feet. Davis grabs a single-leg
against the fence, but Nemkov fights it off. Davis switches to a
double-leg, Nemkov goes for a guillotine choke, and Davis gives up
on the takedown. They separate and they’re striking with 45 seconds
left. Davis is bleeding from the nose or mouth. Davis tries for
another takedown, but Nemkov shucks him off and throws a knee up
the gut. The bell rings. 10-9 Nemkov.
Round 3 starts with Nemkov coming forward, working his jab. Nemkov
comes forward with a left jab, then a right high kick that glances
harmlessly. Davis misses with a right cross. Davis catches Nemkov
with a painful-looking hard calf kick on his planted front leg.
Nemkov lands a lead left hook. He misses with a right hook. Two
minutes down, and Davis is feinting with his hands, but throwing
very few punches. Davis lands another calf kick. Nemkov misses with
another big right hook. Nemkov lands a one-two and a push kick.
Davis comes back with another long jab. Under 90 seconds to go, and
Nemkov is still near-automatic with the jab, but missing big with
the right hand. Nemkov lands a jab to the chest, and Davis counters
with a calf kick. Nemkov shoots a long double-leg and spins to
Davis’ back, but Davis is already standing back up. The bell
sounds. 10-9 Nemkov.
The championship rounds kick off much the same as the first three;
if Davis is feeling any urgency, it isn’t showing, as he is simply
not throwing enough punches. Nemkov’s output has slowed somewhat,
but he’s still out-throwing the American. Nemkov comes forward with
a one-two and a head kick, none of which land with any power. Davis
advances and throws a job of his own. Nemkov times Davis’ approach
and goes for a takedown. Davis fights him off, takes his back
standing for a moment, but they separate. Davis pushes Nemkov into
the cage, throwing a couple of knees. Nemkov shoves him off, and
Davis nails him with a left hand in the next exchange, probably his
best strike since the first round. Davis catches Nemkov with a hard
right hand. At the bell, it’s Davis coming forward. 10-9 Davis.
Nemkov is aggressive to open the final round, coming forward and
snapping Davis’ head back with another jab. Davis is busy with the
feints and footwork, but still not offering much beyond his own jab
and a short right hook that keeps falling short. Nemkov lands a
two-punch combo. Davis is pursuing, forcing the champ to circle
out. Davis lands a good calf kick. Nemkov comes forward with a
three-piece that falls short. At the midpoint of the round, Davis
lands a kick to the cup, and Nemkov wants back into the fight
within 10 seconds. Davis intercepts Nemkov with a body kick. Nemkov
returns fire a moment later with a leg kicks. Davis throws a hard
body kick, prompting Nemkov to shoot from way outside. Davis
sprawls all over it, looking a perhaps an anaconda choke, but the
slipperiness of sweat — and the logo in the middle of the cage,
which has been a slip hazard all night — causes him to lose it, and
he ends up on the bottom of north-south. They return to their feet,
and exchange a few more strikes before the round ends. 10-9 Nemkov
The Official Result
Vadim Nemkov def. Phil Davis via Unanimous Decision (48-47, 48-47,