The semis are set!
With Friday’s result in the co-main event of Bellator 258 (Anthony Johnson over Jose Augusto by second-round knockout), the semifinals of Bellator’s Light Heavyweight Grand Prix are all set.
Although no date is officially set for Ryan Bader (28-6) vs. Corey Anderson (15-5) or Vadim Nemkov (14-2) vs. Anthony Johnson (23-6) [for Nemkov’s Bellator MMA Light Heavyweight Championship], these events will take place in July during Bellator 262 and Bellator 263, respectively.
Winners advance to the final in a Bellator MMA card in October.
As always, we’ll hold off on making a call until the time comes for these cards.
It’s still too far out to be predicting winners for a fight that’s two months away.
Bader vs. Anderson:
We’ll start our first looks at the semifinals with the Bader/Anderson fight.
Heading into this fight, Corey Anderson stands taller at 6-foot-3, compared to Ryan Bader at 6-foot-2.
How they got here:
Ryan Bader, whose nickname is “Darth”, has posted a 4-1 record with one no-contest in his last five MMA fights, most recently besting Lyoto Machida by unanimous decision on April 9 during the main event of Bellator 256 in the first Grand Prix quarterfinal fight.
In the other corner, Corey Anderson, nicknamed “Overtime”, has gone 4-1 in his last five MMA bouts—and he hasn’t needed to work overtime as of late to get those wins, such as last time out on April 16.
That night, during Bellator 257 in the co-main event of the evening, he knocked out Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov during the third round of the scheduled five.
The Tale of the Tape:
Tapology shows that Corey Anderson owns a six-inch reach advantage (79 inches to 73 inches) over Ryan Bader going into this fight.