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Sport Bellator light heavyweight grand prix semfinals head to Phoenix this October

02:45  01 august  2021
02:45  01 august  2021 Source:   mmajunkie.com

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LOS ANGELES – The Bellator light heavyweight grand prix is set to resume this fall in the desert with the tournament semifinals . Both matchups – champion Vadim Nemkov vs. Anthony Johnson, and Corey Anderson vs. Ryan Bader – have been booked for Oct. 16, promotion officials announced Saturday. The Bellator event, which does not have a number at this time, will take place at the Footprint Center in Phoenix , the same arena that serves as home to the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury. No other fights have been announced at this time. The reigning titleholder, Nemkov (13-2

4 Bellator Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix Tournament. The promotion went on a hiatus following Bellator 254 on December 10, 2020, which would be the final card to air on CBS Sports Network.[1] Beginning in April, all Bellator cards will air exclusively on the premium Showtime network.[2] Bellator 255, taking place on April 2, 2021, will be the promotion's debut on Showtime and the first MMA card to.

LOS ANGELES – The Bellator light heavyweight grand prix is set to resume this fall in the desert with the tournament semifinals.

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Both matchups – champion Vadim Nemkov vs. Anthony Johnson, and Corey Anderson vs. Ryan Bader – have been booked for Oct. 16, promotion officials announced Saturday.

The Bellator event, which does not have a number at this time, will take place at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, the same arena that serves as home to the Phoenix Suns and Phoenix Mercury. No other fights have been announced at this time.

The reigning titleholder, Nemkov (13-2 MMA, 6-0 BMMA) successfully defended his belt against Phil Davis by unanimous decision to advance in the eight-man tournament. The win was his first title defense since he finished Bader with strikes in August 2020.

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The Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix returns October 12th! Semi -finalists @mattmitrione and light heavyweight champ @ryanbader face off at @MoheganSun to decide who will advance to the #BellatorWGP finals ! Bader is Bellator ’s current light - heavyweight champion riding a five-fight winning streak. Mitrione has gone 4-0 in the Bellator cage since leaving the UFC in 2016. Fedor Emelianenko will face Chael Sonnen at a later date in the other semifinal on the opposite side of the tournament’s bracket.

4.19 Bellator Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix Tournament. 5 Champions by nationality. Bellator 126 Phoenix , AZ, USA. Bellator Heavyweight World Grand Prix TournamentEdit. ^ Whitman, Mike. "Viacom Buys Stake in Bellator ; Promotion Headed to Spike by 2013".

As for Johnson (23-6 MMA, 1-0 BMMA), the former two-time UFC title challenger made his promotional debut in a wild back-and-forth brawl in May when he rallied to knock out fellow promotional debutant Jose Augusto in May at Bellator 258.

Anderson (15-5 MMA, 2-0 BMMA), meanwhile, has won both of his Bellator fights to date. After a destruction of Melvin Manhoef, Anderson entered the tournament against newcomer Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov, who he finished with ground-and-pound in Round 3.

Bader (28-6 MMA, 6-1 BMMA), who currently holds the promotion’s heavyweight title, rebounded from his title loss to Nemkov when he defeated Lyoto Machida by unanimous decision at Bellator 256 in April.

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The Light - Heavyweight Grand Prix kicks off April 9th! The semifinals of the grand prix are expected to take place sometime in July, and the championship bout is currently slated for October . Bader and Machida initially fought at UFC on Fox 4 in August 2012, with “The Dragon” scoring a second-round knockout victory. Bader was briefly a two-division champion in Bellator but relinquished the 205-pound belt in his most recent outing, a second-round TKO loss to Nemkov at Bellator 244 this past August.

The heavyweight grand prix recently concluded, with Ryan Bader claiming the vacant strap by virtue of a first-round knockout of Fedor Emelilanenko at Bellator 214 on Jan. 26. Meanwhile, the semifinals of the welterweight grand prix are set, as Rory MacDonald will face Jon Fitch on April 27, while Douglas Lima will square off against Michael Page on May 11. Coker has said that he could envision the promotion doing at least one grand prix per year.

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UNCASVILLE, Conn. – ' upset of Magomed Magomedov at Bellator 264 on Friday may have clinched the promotion's next grand prix. Stots (17-1 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) stayed unbeaten under the Bellator banner with a unanimous decision over Magomedov (18-2 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) in a…Stots (17-1 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) stayed unbeaten under the Bellator banner with a unanimous decision over Magomedov (18-2 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) in a key bantamweight bout on the main card. After champion Sergio Pettis, Bellator’s official rankings have Juan Archuleta and Patchy Mix in the top two spots.

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