The Bellator MMA light heavyweight championship is on the line in the main event of Bellator 257, the promotion's third event on Showtime in as many weeks.
The title fight is now official as both champion and challenger made weight. This is the first title defense for Vadim Nemkov, who is facing a familiar foe in Phil Davis. The main event is also a light heavyweight grand prix quarterfinal alongside the co-main event of Corey Anderson vs. Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov. Unfortunately, not every fighter was able to hit their contracted weights, as Jay-Jay Wilson came in heavy.
In his lone fight of 2020, Nemkov (12-2) knocked out Ryan Bader with a devastating head kick. Prior to claiming the belt, the Russian had won six straight fights including a split decision win over Davis. Nemkov officially weighed 204.5 pounds.
Davis is looking to get revenge against Nemkov and become Bellator light heavyweight champion for the second time. After winning the belt from Liam McGeary, Davis dropped it to Bader via split decision. Since losing the close fight to Nemkov, "Mr. Wonderful" has won three straight fights including a split decision over Lyoto Machida. Davis stepped on the scales at 205 pounds on the dot.
Bellator 257 prelims begin at 5:45 p.m. ET/2:45 p.m. PT on YouTube and the main card will air live on Showtime at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
Bellator 257 Weigh-in Results:Vadim Nemkov (204.5) vs. Phil Davis (205)
Corey Anderson (204.75) vs. Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov (204.5)
Paul Daley (174.75) vs. Sabah Homasi (175)
Veta Arteaga (124.5) vs. Desiree Yanez (125.75)
Julius Anglickas (205) vs. Gregory Milliard (205.5)
Julia Budd (145.25) vs. Dayana Silva (144.75)
Steve Mowry (247) vs. Shaun Asher (247.25)
Grachik Bozinyan (170) vs. Demarques Jackson (170.75)
Raymond Daniels (169.75) vs. Peter Stanonik (170)
Karl Albrektsson (205.75) vs. Viktor Nemkov (206)
Pedro Carvalho (144.75) vs. Jay-Jay Wilson (146.75)*
Lance Gibson Jr. (155) vs. Marcus Surin (155.25)
Saul Rogers (145.75) vs. Mads Burnell (146)
* Wilson missed weight by .75 pounds and has been fined a percentage of his purse.