Bellator 288: Vadim Nemkov outclasses Corey Anderson to win Grand Prix (Video)

Vadim Nemkov is the newest million-dollar Grand Prix Bellator champion, retaining the light heavyweight title against Corey Anderson in the tournament final at Bellator 288

The second time proves to be the charm in declaring a Bellator Light Heavyweight Grand Prix champion. But one will have to wonder from now on if Corey Anderson really did cost himself $1 million and the world title.

Vadim Nemkov easily defeated Anderson in a one-sided decision to retain the Bellator light heavyweight title in the main event of Bellator 288.

The two originally met in April at Bellator 277, with Anderson seeming to be on his way to a title and tournament win before an accidental clash of heads that he chose to acknowledge.

Nemkov now becomes the first Bellator champion to retain his championship throughout a Grand Prix tournament.

He will next defend the title against Yoel Romero at Bellator 290 in February — the promotion’s first event on CBS and where Fedor Emelianenko will challenge Ryan Bader for the heavyweight title.

Vadim Nemkov wins Light Heavyweight Grand Prix through easy decision over Corey Anderson at Bellator 288

Nemkov got off to a strong start in the opening round, able to out-land and out-work Anderson and forcing him to go 0-for-4 on takedown attempts. In addition, despite the tactical approach both men brought, Nemkov landed a high kick that dropped Anderson late in the first round.

Nemkov landed the more effective striking in round two through the usage of his left jab and right straights and uppercuts. Anderson, meanwhile, still seemed to struggle to get anything going and continued to struggle to land a takedown. Not to mention, Nemkov’s leg kicks were doing damage to his lead leg.

After a very close third round, Anderson attempted to press forward with his takedown attempts. But Nemkov held his own once again, and the damage done from Nemkov’s lead kicks slowed him down.

Despite needing a finish, the pacing of the fight didn’t change in the final round. In total, Nemkov stuffed all 15 of Anderson’s takedown attempts during the fight.

One judge scored the bout 48-47, while the other two totaled 49-46 cards — all for Nemkov.

Bellator 288: Vadim Nemkov vs. Corey Anderson 2 takes place on Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, live from Wintrust Arena in Chicago, IL. Follow along with FanSided MMA, who is on site for all your news and highlights.

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