PHOENIX – Vadim Nemkov didn’t suppose Corey Anderson can be strolling away with a first-round stoppage at Bellator 268.
The Bellator mild heavyweight champion was stunned to see Anderson put away present heavyweight title holder Ryan Bader simply 50 seconds into their mild heavyweight grand prix semifinal bout at Saturday’s occasion. Nemkov (14-2 MMA, 7-0 BMMA), who defeated Julius Anglickas within the headlining bout of the cardboard, anticipated the struggle between Anderson and Bader to go way more in another way.
“I didn’t expect the fight to be so short,” Nemkov advised reporters by means of an interpreter on the Bellator 268 post-fight information convention. “I anticipated them to do much more wrestling and probably going to distance.
“I just started warming up and then the fight was over, wow. It kind of sucks my fight went four rounds, and his was one minute, but hopefully Bellator will wait for me to recover fully and allow me to prepare for the final. I still intend to win the grand prix.”
After defending his title towards Anglickas, Nemkov is predicted to tackle Anderson for the Bellator mild heavyweight and grand prix titles and a $1 million bonus. The location and date for the championship bout have but to be introduced.
Nemkov is assured he’ll be capable to fare nicely towards Anderson given a few of his earlier challenges. However, the Russian admits he’s probably not positive how the struggle will play out, as he is aware of little of Anderson.
“I honestly haven’t followed Corey Anderson’s career,” Nemkov stated. “I have no idea who he fought or what his fights look like. I just saw him here in Bellator. I don’t know how the fight is going to go. Maybe I’ll feel differently afterwards, but for now the one person that was the toughest fight and I never want to fight again is Phil Davis.”