FightPost MMA Fighter of the Week: Vadim Nemkov
By Dan McConnell
This weekend in the world of mixed martial arts, saw big shows from the UFC and Bellator.
On Friday, Bellator 244 featured double champ Ryan ‘Darth’ Bader looked to defend his 205-pound belt against the dangerous Fedor Emelianenko trained Vadim Nemkov.
While the UFC’s card on Saturday saw Frankie Edgar make his eagerly anticipated bamtanweight debut against Pedro Munhoz.
Trevin Jones derailed the debut of Timur Valiev who trains under the main-eventing Frankie Edgar, with a comeback TKO in the second round after taking a beating and looking out on his feet.
A tale of two Rodríguez’ in Daniel Rodríguez and Mike Rodríguez both secured KO finishes in the very first round of their bouts, to put their names on the UFC’s map and gain some traction on the main card.
Edgar at the age of 38 secured an incredible victory to announce himself in his new division.
But for the second time in two weeks, the FightPost MMA Fighter of the Week award goes to a Bellator fighter!
Vadim Nemkov stepped up to the plate and proved to good for the Bellator two division world champion Ryan Bader with a stoppage victory on Friday night.
Nemkov is trained under the consensus greatest heavyweight of all time Fedor, and used this experience to become the newest member of the Bellator champions club.
The fighter from Belgorod in Russia, made his debut in 2013 and has gone 12-2 and currently riding a 7-fight win streak.
The Russian has secured victories over Liam McGeary, Phil Davis, Rafael Carvalho and now Bader at just the age of 28. The former world Sambo champion added the Bellator light-heavyweight title to his collection.
Coming into this one, Bader has showed his championship mentality, and why leaving the UFC was the best move for his career.
With 20 fighters under the UFC promotion and no imminent title shot, Bader jumped to Bellator and won their 205-pound belt in June 2017. He entered the heavyweight tournament and with wins over King Mo, Matt Mitrione and Fedor became a two weight world champion!
This bout was a revenge run for Nemkov, who looked to get a win and defend the honour of his mentor Fedor.
Nemkov looked impressive as he faked a left hook and came over the top with a right head kick, that dropped Bader and soon after ended his reign at the top of the 205-pound division.
One of the scariest light-heavyweights in the world is starting a new era within the organisation. A fight I would like to see down the line is a bout with the newly-signed Corey Anderson.
Photo Credit: Bellator MMA