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.

Contender Comparison:

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.

Vadim Nemkov vs. Anthony “Rumble” Johnson: Bellator MMA World Light Heavyweight Championship/ Grand Prix Semifinal: July

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My name is Drew Zuhosky and I’m the MMA writer here at Armchair All-Americans. I’ve been an MMA fan for the better part of the last decade and I always make time to watch the fights. Whether it’s a Saturday night pay-per-view, an online exclusive, or a cable broadcast, there’s one certainty: Somewhere in my house, the TV will be on and I’ll be yelling at it. I sincerely hope that you will enjoy my articles on MMA. I pledge to you that my articles will be knockouts, not judges’ decisions. (Everybody hates judges’ decisions, anyway because there’s a chance for the element of human error involved in the outcome.) In any event, please check back to see what I have for you in terms of MMA material. Let’s get going.
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My name is Drew Zuhosky and I’m the MMA writer here at Armchair All-Americans. I’ve been an MMA fan for the better part of the last decade and I always make time to watch the fights. Whether it’s a Saturday night pay-per-view, an online exclusive, or a cable broadcast, there’s one certainty: Somewhere in my house, the TV will be on and I’ll be yelling at it. I sincerely hope that you will enjoy my articles on MMA. I pledge to you that my articles will be knockouts, not judges’ decisions. (Everybody hates judges’ decisions, anyway because there’s a chance for the element of human error involved in the outcome.) In any event, please check back to see what I have for you in terms of MMA material. Let’s get going.
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