Vadim Nemkov retains title after accidental headbutt

Vadim Nemkov retains the title after an accidental headbutt on Corey Anderson at Bellator 277.

Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion Vadim Nemkov defended his title against Corey Anderson at Bellator 277 but left the cage with more questions than answers.

Nemkov and Anderson went toe-to-toe in the opening round of the Bellator Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix Final. Nemkov started the action by stuffing an Anderson takedown attempt, landing his patented kicks to the body and head.

But Anderson rallied in rounds 2 and 3 by using his wrestling. He dominated the grappling exchanges and was able to land some heavy ground and pound strikes to keep Nemkov in the bottom position.

The fight came to an abrupt end after an accidental clash of heads midway through the third round. The doctor stopped the fight after examining a nasty cut above Nemkov’s eyebrow.

A technical decision was not ruled out as the fight did not occur in the fourth round or later. The fight was thus ruled a no-contest, with Nemkov retaining his title in one of the most unusual finishes in recent memory.

Here’s how MMA Twitter reacted to the controversial final between Nemkov and Anderson.

MMA Twitter had a lot to say about the end of Vadim Nemkov vs Corey Anderson

Nemkov entered the Bellator Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix Final undefeated during his Bellator tenure, with recent dominant wins over Phil Davis and Julius Anglickas. He won the 205-pound title over Ryan Bader at Bellator 244 after six straight wins.

Nemkov joined Bellator after winning the RIZIN Fighting World Grand Prix over Alison Vicente in 2016. He would win his Bellator debut at Bellator 182 against Philipe Lins.

Anderson has been on fire since signing with Bellator after a long tenure with the UFC. Despite missing out on a UFC light heavyweight title, he earned knockouts against the likes of Johnny Walker and Sean O’Connell.

By defeating Nemkov, Anderson wins the Grand Prix and could return to the Bellator cage for his first title defense later this year.

Bellator 277: AJ McKee vs. Patricio Pitbull 2 ​​took 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. Vadim Nemkov retains title after accidental headbutt

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