A brief timeline of the Light Heavyweight Grand Prix

Find out about the Bellator Light Heavyweight Grand Prix ahead of Bellator 277.

Bellator 277 is upon us and on the map we see the conclusion of the Bellator Light Heavyweight Grand Prix. A once-vaunted tournament that featured one of Bellator’s best homegrown guys in Vadim Nemkov, as well as Bellator-branded villains in Phil Davis and Ryan Bader, three major free-agent signings in Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, Yoel Romero and Corey Anderson. The always-dangerous legend Lyoto Machida also clinched another Grand Prix title, while ACA rookie Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov was hoping to make a name for himself by winning everything as a dark horse.

The opening round bouts were set, Nemkov defended his light heavyweight title against Davis, Johnson faced Romero in a first blockbuster encounter. Then Anderson got the newcomer Yagshimuradov, while Bader faced Machida.

It was supposed to be the greatest Grand Prix of all time, but it was one that encountered obstacle after obstacle. First, Romero had to be replaced by Jose Augusto due to injury. Johnson would win his first fight and face Nemkov in a much-anticipated match. Anderson and Bader both won their respective fights, leading to a clash between the former teammates in the second round.

Bellator’s Light Heavyweight Grand Prix fell apart a bit due to a big loss

Then Johnson withdrew citing a serious illness. So he was replaced by Julius Anglickas, who was 3-0 in Bellator before taking on Nemkov. He pushed Nemkov a little, but Anlickas, like many before, fell on Nemkov. Then the much-anticipated fight between Anderson and Bader went as well as one could expect given how the Grand Prix had gone up to that point. The fight lasted a full 51 seconds, a disappointing end given the history between the two former teammates.

Losing Johnson, who looked more than impressive, hurt the perception a bit. Fans were disappointed but understanding. Somehow, however, one of the most coveted results came about as Nemkov and Anderson fought their way to the end of the Grand Prix and now, hypothetically, stand face-to-face to prove who the best 205’er Bellator really is.

It’s going to be an exciting competition and fans won’t want to miss it.

Bellator 277: AJ McKee vs. Patricio Pitbull 2 ​​takes place live from the SAP Center in San Jose, California on Friday, April 15, 2022. Follow FanSided MMA who will be on hand for all your news and highlights. A brief timeline of the Light Heavyweight Grand Prix

John Verrall

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