A massive light heavyweight title clash between Bellator World Grand Prix semi-finalists, defending champion, Vadim Nemkov and Anthony Johnson has been booked to take headlining status at an event on October 16. from Phoenix, Arizona.
Defending light heavyweight kingpin, Nemkov managed to secure his first successful defence of the 205lbs crown back in April of this year at Bellator 257 — this time nabbing a unanimous decision victory over two-time foe, former champion, Phil Davis.
For promotional newcomer, Johnson, the two-time UFC light heavyweight championship challenger debuted under the Scott Coker-led Bellator banner back in May at Bellator 258 — rallying to stop short-notice replacement, Jose Augusto with a thunderous second round knockout.
ESPN MMA reporter, Marc Raimondi, who was first to report the news of the headlining tilt, also confirmed that a light heavyweight pairing between current heavyweight champion, Ryan Bader and former UFC light heavyweight mainstay, Corey Anderson will also take place at the October event.
Stopping the aforenoted, Bader back in August of last year with a massive high-kick, Belgorod native, Nemkov lifted the light heavyweight title, having secured prior victories against the likes of Liam McGeary, Rafael Carvalho, and the aforementioned, Davis.
Nemkov has previously featured under the Rizin FF and Fight Nights Global banners, and from 16 professional outings, has picked up a 14-2 record — managed an eye-catching 11 knockout stoppages.
Johnson, a two-time light heavyweight title chaser under the UFC’s banner, is revered as one of the most devastating knockout artists in the history of his division — securing a whopping 17 separate knockout wins since his professional debut back in August of 2006.
The Dublin, Georgia native has picked up notable career triumphs against the likes of Dan Hardy, Charlie Brennenman, Andrei Arlovski, common-foes, Davis and Bader, as well as a Antonio Rogerio Nogueira, Jimi Manuwa, Alexander Gustafsson, and Glover Teixeira.