Vadim Nemkov and Fedor Emelianenko

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Russian fighter Fedor Emelianenko defended his Bellator title and received $1 million

Vadim Nemkov defeated American Corey Anderson in the Bellator Light Heavyweight Grand Prix Final. The Russian has held the champion title of the promotion since August 2020

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Vadim Nemkov and Fedor Emelianenko

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Russian fighter Vadim Nemkov won the main fight of the Bellator 288 tournament, which took place in Chicago.

The promotion’s light heavyweight champion defeated American Corey Anderson by decision in the Bellator Grand Prix final. The fight went all five rounds. The Russian retained his title and received $1 million in prize money for winning the Grand Prix.

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Nemkov and Anderson had a rematch. Their previous fight took place on April 16 as part of the Bellator Grand Prix final in San Jose and was declared invalid after the American cut the Russian’s eyebrow with his head in the third round.

Nemkov, who is part of Fedor Emelianenko’s team, became the Bellator light heavyweight champion in August 2020 by defeating American Ryan Bader. After that, he made two successful title defenses – against American Phil Davis and Lithuanian Julius Englikas in the quarterfinals and semifinals of the Grand Prix, respectively.

In total, 30-year-old Nemkov has 19 fights in MMA, in which he won 15 victories, suffered two defeats, one fight was declared invalid. The 33-year-old Anderson has 16 wins, six losses, one fight was declared invalid.

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