The essential occasion for Bellator 268 will function one other installment of the promotion’s grand prix, because the sitting champion, Vadim Nemkov, is tasked with taking up one more wrestle-boxing risk in Julius Anglickas.
Hailing from Lithuania, Anglickas has discovered a profitable area of interest in MMA since transferring on from collegiate wrestling, the place he wrestled at an NAIA degree. Anglickas can also be a Golden Gloves winner in boxing, as these two fight bases shine by in his fashion.
Whether Anglickas is measuring with a jab or altering his degree to go to the physique, the 5-year professional exhibits all of the traits you’d count on from a wrestle-boxing stylist. Anglickas appears to be transferring lots smoother on the toes and throwing extra kicks as of late, however he’ll have to thoughts the potential counters and prices of taking part in that recreation with Nemkov.
Despite coming from a robust base in fight sambo, Nemkov affords much more than the casting punches which are sometimes related to stylists from his facet of the world.
Unlike his mentor, Fedor Emelianenko, Nemkov makes use of much more jabs and straight punches in his repertoire – although he isn’t past unleashing energy photographs from the rear as soon as establishing his timing and rhythm. Taking a extra Western boxing method has additionally appeared to permit Nemkov to have much more level-changing alternatives within the takedown division.
When feeling in stride, the Stary Oskol product will proceed to interrupt regional stereotypes by attaching onerous, Thai-style leg kicks to his combos and advances. Although Nemkov does provide the standard competencies off of the lead facet that lots of Russian and Eastern European kickboxers present, it’s clear that the 29-year-old reserves most of his damaging efforts for power-sided assaults.
Nemkov may be capable of change the course of this contest early with leg kicks, however he’ll nonetheless have to thoughts the level-changing threats that may seemingly be coming his manner.