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.
Nemkov vs. Johnson:
We’ll conclude our first looks at the semis with the Nemkov/Johnson tilt.
Heading into this battle for the belt in July, Anthony Johnson is the taller man at 6-foot-2, compared to champion Vadim Nemkov at six feet even.
How they got here:
The champion has posted a record of 5-0 in his last five MMA fights as part of an ongoing eight-fight winning streak, punching his way to the semifinals against Phil Davis during the April 16 Bellator 257 card via unanimous decision.
In the other corner, the challenger has gone 4-1 in his last five fights, winning in his Bellator MMA debut May 7 by the previously-mentioned second-round knockout of Jose Augusto.
The Tale of the Tape:
Tapology shows that Anthony Johnson owns a one-inch reach advantage (77 inches to 76 inches) over Vadim Nemkov heading into this championship fight in the semifinal of the Grand Prix.