Coker “Never More Confident” Bellator Has Best LHW After UFC 267

Bellator president Scott Coker reacted to Glover Teixeira’s UFC 267 victory by immediately sharing which promotion he thinks has the world’s best light heavyweight.

As the head man of Bellator MMA, Coker hasn’t shied away from touting his talent w…

Scott Coker, Glover Teixeira

Bellator president Scott Coker reacted to Glover Teixeira’s UFC 267 victory by immediately sharing which promotion he thinks has the world’s best light heavyweight.

As the head man of Bellator MMA, Coker hasn’t shied away from touting his talent when discussing the best fighters in the world. To him, Nemkov and his light heavyweight division is no exception.

In a Twitter reply to an MMA Junkie editorial, Coker was blunt about who he thinks has the best light heavyweight right now mere minutes following Glover Teixeira’s UFC 267 victory.

“I’ve never felt more confident in this,” Coker tweeted in response to the question ‘Does Bellator have the best light heavyweight in the world?’.

Current Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion Vadim Nemkov will face former UFC standout Corey Anderson in the Bellator Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix Final at a later date, after defeating Anglickas in the semifinals.

Nemkov, who has been known for his knockout power on the feet combined with a relentless grappling attack, hasn’t slowed down since earning the belt. Especially with the parody in the UFC’s light heavyweight division, Bellator may have the more sure-thing when it comes to comparing 205-pound MMA champions.

Nemkov, along with featherweight champion AJ McKee, has the opportunity to assert himself as the face of Bellator. While he’ll face a tough test in Anderson, he hasn’t shown many weaknesses against the best in the division.

Do you agree with Scott Coker that Bellator has the best light heavyweight division?

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Scott Coker: Bellator Grand Prix Winner Is Best Light Heavyweight In The World

CokerAs far as Scott Coker is concerned, the winner of the Bellator light heavyweight grand prix is the best 205-pounder in the world. The finals were decided last night at Bellator 268 as Vadim Nemkov defended his title with a submission win over Julius Anglickas in the main event. In the co-main event, Corey Anderson […]

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As far as Scott Coker is concerned, the winner of the Bellator light heavyweight grand prix is the best 205-pounder in the world.

The finals were decided last night at Bellator 268 as Vadim Nemkov defended his title with a submission win over Julius Anglickas in the main event.

In the co-main event, Corey Anderson made quick work of former champion Ryan Bader with a first-round knockout win much to the surprise of almost everyone.

With Nemkov now set to defend his title against Anderson, Coker — who has long hailed his light heavyweight division as the best in mixed martial arts — believes the winner cements their place as the best 205er on the planet.

“This was a gauntlet of 205ers and whoever wins this tournament, to me, is the best 205er on the planet, period. That’s how I feel,” Coker said at Saturday’s post-fight press conference (via Sherdog).

As for when the final will take place? Coker is hoping for early next year.

“The finals that we have now really is a fight that I thought,’This could be the finals.’ I’m gonna let them heal up for a month or so,” Coker added. “I think we’re gonna start having a conversation in the next 30 days about when we’ll have the finals.

“I personally would love to have the finals in late January, early February…I think Nemkov needs a little bit of rest time and we’ll get it on.”

Who do you have winning the final?

Vadim Nemkov Demolishes Julius Anglickas – Bellator 268 Highlights

Vadim NemkovBellator light heavyweight champion Vadim Nemkov faces short-notice replacement Julius Anglickas in the Bellator World Light Heavyweight Grand Prix semifinals at Bellator 268. Let’s find out who will meet Corey Anderson in the finals. Both fighters show patience on the feet in the opening seconds, but time is stopped due to an inadvertent eye poke […]

Vadim Nemkov

Bellator light heavyweight champion Vadim Nemkov faces short-notice replacement Julius Anglickas in the Bellator World Light Heavyweight Grand Prix semifinals at Bellator 268. Let’s find out who will meet Corey Anderson in the finals.

Both fighters show patience on the feet in the opening seconds, but time is stopped due to an inadvertent eye poke by Anglickas. The fight resumes and Nemkov lands a huge right hand that briefly stuns Anglickas. But, Anglickas catches Nemkov with a big punch that briefly drops him, but he’s able to get back up to his feet quickly. Nemkov goes in for the takedown and gets top mount. Lands some heavy elbows from top position. Nemkov is controlling the fight on the ground and Anglickas is showing very little resistance and is struggling to work from the bottom. Anglickas finally escapes and gets the fight standing once again. As the opening round ends, Nemkov lands a pair of big combinations that damage Anglickas before time is called.

Vadim Nemkov overwhelmed Julius Anglickas en route to a submission win at Bellator 268

The second round begins and Nemkov is starting to outpace Anglickas on the feet. Anglickas is having a tough time dealing with the deceptive speed of Nemkov. Nemkov is starting to also find a home for the overhand right that is forcing Anglickas’ hands to drop. Nemkov scores another big takedown with ease. He lands some hard strikes from the top and forces Anglickas to the edge of the cage in the process. Nemkov is the busier fighter and wearing Anglickas down with some hard ground and pound combinations with about 20 seconds left in the round, and Anglickas barely survives to fight another round as Nemkov overwhelms him and nearly finishes the bout.

The third round opens up much like how the second round ended, with Nemkov imposing his will and scoring another big takedown on Anglickas. He lands some hard ground strikes and has Anglickas in big trouble early in the round. Nemkov nearly secures the armbar, but Anglickas slips out near the end of the round.

Both fighters appear exhausted as the fourth round begins. But, Nemkov scores another takedown and finishes the fight with a nasty kimura submission.

Check out the highlights from Nemkov’s dominant performance at Bellator 268 below.

EXCLUSIVE | Julius Anglickas Predicts Stoppage Win Over Vadim Nemkov

Julius AnglickasJulius Anglickas, Bellator‘s No.5 ranked light-heavyweight has predicted a stoppage win over Vladim Nemkov when he steps in as a late replacement for Anthony Johnson, to take on Vadim Nemkov for the light-heavyweight world title at Bellator 268 on October 16. In an interview with LowKickMMA Anglickas stated “For some reason I see a stoppage, […]

Julius Anglickas

Julius Anglickas, Bellator‘s No.5 ranked light-heavyweight has predicted a stoppage win over Vladim Nemkov when he steps in as a late replacement for Anthony Johnson, to take on Vadim Nemkov for the light-heavyweight world title at Bellator 268 on October 16.

In an interview with LowKickMMA Anglickas stated “For some reason I see a stoppage, I don’t know why I never say that, I feel there is going to be a finish.”

Anglickas will be coming in as an underdog against No.3 ranked pound-for-pound and reigning Bellator light-heavyweight weight champion Nemkov. The Russian-born fighter is currently riding an eight-fight win streak including wins over Ryan Badar, Phil Davis and Philipe Lins.

When asked about asked about being the underdog and if it makes it easier, Anglickas responded “Without added pressure. Yes, yes absolutely everyone’s like he’s famous, he did a lot of amazing fights so everyone is expecting me to lose.”

Anglickas is currently undefeated in Bellator, holding wins over Jordan Young, Alex Polizzi and Gregogory Milliard and hasn’t tasted defeat since his second professional fight. Anglickas also competed on the Dana White Contender Series, winning by submission but not gaining a contract from the UFC.

“I didn’t get signed, whatever,” Anglickas said about his DWCS experience. “I’m actually glad I did not get signed because now I’m just in a much better position.”

Aside from being in a world title fight, Anglickas will also be vying for a spot in the Bellator light-heavyweight Grand Prix final. In the other semi-final sport, Ryan Bader and Corey Anderson will face off in a battle of two former UFC fighters.

When asked for a prediction, Anglickas stated “No idea, the way I see Bader is more of a brute strength power guy but Corey he’ll just put pressure on you and they’re both great wrestlers. One second I say like I see Corey winning the more I think about it I jump back to Bader.”

What do you think? How will Julius Anglickas fare against Vladim Nemkov?

Julius Anglickas Steps In For Anthony Johnson Against Vadim Nemkov At Bellator 268

AnglickasJulius Anglickas will get the opportunity of a lifetime. Bellator recently announced that the Lithuanian-born fighter will step in to fight Vadim Nemkov in the semifinals of the light heavyweight grand prix at Bellator 268 on October 16. Anglickas — who was originally set to fight grand prix alternate Karl Albrektsson — will now have the […]

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Julius Anglickas will get the opportunity of a lifetime.

Bellator recently announced that the Lithuanian-born fighter will step in to fight Vadim Nemkov in the semifinals of the light heavyweight grand prix at Bellator 268 on October 16.

Anglickas — who was originally set to fight grand prix alternate Karl Albrektsson — will now have the opportunity to not only advance to the finals of the grand prix, but also do it as the new Bellator 205-pound champion.

He would face the winner of the other semifinal between Ryan Bader and Corey Andeson which also takes place at Bellator 268.

Nemkov — who defeated Phil Davis to reach the semifinals — was originally slated to fight former UFC title challenger Anthony Johnson. However, “Rumble” recently pulled out due to illness.

Anglickas is coming off a unanimous decision win over Gregory Milliard in April and hasn’t suffered defeat since his sole pro loss which came back in June 2016. He holds a 10-1 record overall.

Anthony Johnson Is Out Of Vadim Nemkov Fight & Bellator Light Heavyweight Grand Prix

Anthony JohnsonFormer UFC light-heavyweight title challenger Anthony Johnson dropped out of his bout at Bellator 268 due to an illness according to mmajunkie. ‘Rumble’ (23-6 MMA, 1-0 Bellator) was slated to fight against Vadim Nemkov who is the current light-heavyweight champion. The event takes place on Oct. 16, 2021, in Phoenix, Arizona. Nemkov is 14-2 in […]

Anthony Johnson

Former UFC light-heavyweight title challenger Anthony Johnson dropped out of his bout at Bellator 268 due to an illness according to mmajunkie.

‘Rumble’ (23-6 MMA, 1-0 Bellator) was slated to fight against Vadim Nemkov who is the current light-heavyweight champion.

The event takes place on Oct. 16, 2021, in Phoenix, Arizona. Nemkov is 14-2 in his career but has an undefeated record (6-0) with Bellator. Johnson has not only lost his chance to win the tournament but also has lost his shot at the title (Nemkov will defend his title against every opponent he fights in the tournament). There is yet to be a substitution made at this moment for Johnson’s spot, as Nemkov will continue to fight at the event.

Johnson had his Bellator debut back in May of this year. He won via KO of Jose Agusto in the quarterfinal of the ‘Light Heavyweight Grand Prix’. Johnson was dropped in that fight against the Brazilian but came back in the 2nd round to KO him. After the fight, he called his performance a “piss-poor performance”. ‘Rumble’ was supposed to greet UFC alum Yoel Romero in that fight. An eye issue caused Romero to drop out of that fight in May.

‘Rumble’ was excited to fight Nemkov and in his post-fight interview after the Agusto fight said, “Fighting Nemkov, though – that’s an honor to fight him,” Johnson said. “He’s a beast. He’s the most complete fighter of this tournament. He can strike, can wrestle, can submit people fairly easy. I’m a big fan of his.”

Bellator 266 (tonight Sept. 18, 2021) headlining Romero (who was slated to fight Johnson in the tournament) against Phil Davis. A win by Romero could see him filling the spot that Johnson held in the tournament.

Who do you think will replace Anthony Johnson & fight for the title at Bellator 268?