Highlighting the second of three excellent BELLATOR MMA occasions in October, present 205-lb. World Champion Vadim Nemkov (14-2) will battle No. 5-ranked contender Julius Anglickas (10-1), whereas BELLATOR Heavyweight World Champion/No. 1-ranked gentle heavyweight Ryan “Darth” Bader (28-6, 1 NC) squares off towards No. 2 Corey Anderson (15-5) within the co-featured bouts of BELLATOR MMA 268: Mild Heavyweight World Grand Prix Semifinals Saturday, Oct. 16, at 10 p.m. ET dwell on SHOWTIME from the Footprint Heart in Phoenix.
SHOWTIME will televise the incredible four-bout BELLATOR MMA 268: Mild Heavyweight World Grand Prix Semifinals fundamental card dwell at 10 p.m. ET. Moreover, all 10 action-packed preliminary fights will stream dwell three hours earlier at 7 p.m. ET on the BELLATOR MMA YouTube channel, SHOWTIME Sports activities YouTube channel and Pluto TV.
Tickets for BELLATOR MMA 268: Mild Heavyweight World Grand Prix Semifinals are at the moment on sale at Ticketmaster.com and Bellator.com.
Preventing for the primary time on the identical card, married Phoenix residents Benson Henderson (28-10) and his spouse, Maria Henderson (1-0) will likely be featured on the primary card and preliminary portion, respectively. Maria will open the night when she squares off towards Collette Santiago in a strawweight battle of hard-hitting Arizonans. After cheering his bride on, No. 3-ranked light-weight Benson will return later within the night time towards former 155-pound titleholder Brent Primus (10-2). Born in Colorado Springs, Colo., Benson famously proposed to Maria within the cage following his 2013 victory over Gilbert Melendez in San Jose, Calif.
Nemkov, of Belgorod, Russia, captured the BELLATOR gentle heavyweight crown by defeating Bader by way of second-round TKO at BELLATOR 244 in August 2020. Presently using an eight-fight successful streak, the ferocious 29-year-old sports activities seven first-round knockouts in 16 profession contests. In his most up-to-date outing, Nemkov efficiently defended his gentle heavyweight belt by incomes a troublesome unanimous choice over Phil Davis.
Anglickas, of St. Charles, Mo., changed Anthony “Rumble” Johnson on brief discover to problem Nemkov. Hoping to ascend to the ultimate of the Mild Heavyweight Grand Prix with a victory and a possibility to combat for the $1 million prize, the delight of Plunge, Lithuania, and official Mild Heavyweight Grand Prix match alternate has defeated 9 consecutive opponents after splitting his first two skilled bouts.
Bader, of Chandler, Ariz., turned the primary BELLATOR fighter to carry belts in each the sunshine heavyweight and heavyweight divisions at BELLATOR 214. He completed the uncommon feat by knocking out the legendary Fedor Emelianenko on punches at 35 seconds of the opening spherical to seize the BELLATOR Heavyweight World Grand Prix in January 2019. A two-time NCAA All-American wrestler throughout his collegiate profession at Arizona State College, the Reno, Nev., native counts triumphs over Davis (twice), “Rampage” Jackson, Rashad Evans, and Keith Jardine, throughout his illustrious 14-plus-year MMA profession.
Anderson, of Robbinsville, N.J., has vanquished six of his previous seven opponents, together with a third-round stoppage of Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov at BELLATOR 257 six months in the past in April 2021. In his first promotional look, the Rockford. In poor health., native recorded a second-round TKO in November 2020 over Melvin Manhoef at BELLATOR 251.
The BELLATOR Mild Heavyweight World Grand Prix commenced at BELLATOR 256 on April 9, 2021, when Bader defeated Lyoto Machida by way of unanimous choice, and Anderson dismantled Yagshimuradov within the match’s quarterfinal spherical on the Mohegan Solar in Uncasville, Conn. The next week featured present champion Nemkov defending his crown towards former champion Phil Davis. The victors of Nemkov-Anglickas and Bader-Anderson will meet in a extremely anticipated match last later this 12 months.
Rounding out the four-bout SHOWTIME telecast would be the beforehand talked about light-weight contest pitting Henderson towards Primus, in addition to a ferocious featherweight conflict pitting veteran knockout artist Henry “O.Okay.” Corrales (18-6) towards Ukrainian submission ace Vladyslav Parubchenko (16-2).
Spotlighting the 10-fight preliminary card will likely be a light-heavyweight bout between No. 10-ranked Swedish sensation Karl Albrektsson (12-3) and BELLATOR newcomer Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov (18-6-1), in addition to undefeated feminine brawlers Sumiko “Woman Samurai” Inaba (2-0) of Maui, Hawaii, and Canadian “Ruthless” Randi Discipline (2-0) in a featherweight showdown. Rounding out the preliminaries will likely be British Columbia’s personal Lance Gibson Jr. (4-0) hoping to maintain his unblemished skilled report intact in a light-weight brawl towards Raymond Pina (9-4) of Tucson, Ariz., and the always-dangerous Jaylon Bates (3-0) returning to the BELLATOR cage for the third time in 2021 when he battles Brazilian Raphael Montini (6-4, 1 NC) in a bantamweight brawl.
BELLATOR 268: Mild Heavyweight World Grand Prix Semifinals MAIN CARD:
Saturday, Oct. 16 – dwell on SHOWTIME 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT
Mild Heavyweight World Title Foremost Occasion: Champion-Vadim Nemkov (14-2) vs. No. 5-Julius Anglickas (10-1)
Mild Heavyweight World Grand Prix Semifinal: No. 1–Ryan Bader (28-6, 1 NC) vs. No. 2-Corey Anderson (15-5)
Light-weight Bout: No. 3-Benson Henderson (28-10) vs. Brent Primus (10-2)
Featherweight Bout: Henry Corrales (18-6) vs. Vladyslav Parubchenko (16-2)
BELLATOR 268: Mild Heavyweight World Grand Prix Semifinals PRELIMINARY CARD:
BELLATOR MMA YouTube channel | SHOWTIME Sports activities YouTube channel | Pluto TV
Saturday, Oct. 16 7 p.m. ET/4 p.m. PT
Mild Heavyweight Bout: No. 10-Karl Albrektsson (12-3) vs. Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov (18-6-1)
Mild Heavyweight Bout: Sullivan Cauley (1-0) vs. Deon Conflict (1-0)
Light-weight Bout: Nick Browne (11-1) vs. Bobby Lee (12-6)
Middleweight Bout: Javier Torres (11-5, 1 NC) vs. Gregory Milliard (12-6)
Girls’s Flyweight Bout: Sumiko Inaba (2-0) vs. Randi Discipline (2-0)
Light-weight Bout: Lance Gibson Jr. (4-0) vs. Raymond Pina (9-4)
Bantamweight Bout: Jaylon Bates (3-0) vs. Raphael Montini (6-4, 1 NC)
Welterweight Bout: Mukhamed Berkhamov (14-1) vs. Jaleel Willis (15-2)
Newbie Strawweight Bout: Maria Henderson (1-0) vs. Collette Santiago (0-2)
*Card topic to vary.
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