By Nolan King |
April 14, 2021 9: 45 pm
In the third of 4 Bellator gentle heavyweight grand prix quarterfinal matchups, Nemkov (12-2 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) faces Phil Davis (22-5 MMA, 9-2 BMMA) in a rematch of their November 2018 battle. Now not only is Friday’s headliner a match battle, but it undoubtedly’s additionally Nemkov’s first title protection, too.
“It’s no rigidity on me the least bit,” Nemkov told MMA Junkie on Wednesday. “I do know that I’m the champion. I perceive it, but I enter this match like a fighter, a hungry fighter. I do know that I’m champion, but there isn’t rigidity on me. Now not any milligram.”
Nemkov acquired the promotion’s 205-pound title at Bellator 244 in August, when he finished longtime champion Ryan Bader with strikes in Round 2. The enact became as soon as Nemkov’s fourth in 5 Bellator fights and acquired him the principle most most vital promotional title of his occupation.
“I’m very proud that I’m on this level that Bellator made posters of me and my image is on the enviornment, on the cage,” Nemkov talked about. “I revel in it. I’m overjoyed. I’m in fact overjoyed that Bellator trusts me, this moment that I’m on the posters. I’m working in fact onerous with my team to give them the identical, to set them that they’re additionally in fact overjoyed to be in Bellator.”
In his grasp estimation, Nemkov, 28, has changed loads since the principle time he fought Davis. That night he acquired a sever up decision but did so with out the feeble mentality he now has. Accustomed to what Davis brings to the cage, Nemkov alluded to an even better time out the second time around.
“To begin with, for me, I mediate I’ve grown up mentally,” Nemkov talked about. “I’m now now not terrified anymore like I became as soon as terrified after I became as soon as younger, after I didn’t grasp as grand ride. I do know this man. I already had a battle with him, so I do know his moves. He’s now now not a shock for me anymore. I’m on the stay of Bellator and I’m within the stay gentle heavyweights within the enviornment, so it’s given me more self assurance.”
Vadim acquired’t be one of the best Nemkov competing on Friday’s card. His older brother, Viktor, will maintain his promotional debut on the undercard in opposition to Karl Albrektsson. The Russian champion hopes the Nemkov title brings two wins support to the fatherland.
“I need the total most efficient for my brother,” Nemkov talked about. “We’re professionals. For stride, I’m going to disaster about it. I’m going to peep his battle, but I do know here’s a professional sport. The relaxation can occur, but I need for both of us to raise to Russia victories. Two ‘W’s.”
Bellator 257 takes put Friday at Mohegan Solar Arena. The most most vital card airs on Showtime after prelims on MMA Junkie.