Bellator MMA’s Light Heavyweight Grand Prix was supposed to finally came to an end earlier tonight (Fri., April 15, 2022) as Vadim Nemkov put his belt on the line against Corey Anderson in the co-main event of Bellator 277.
After three rounds of great action between Anderson and Nemkov, the fight came to an unfortunate halt seconds before the third round ended. Indeed, referee Frank Trigg called a pause to the action with four seconds remaining in the round after Nemkov suffered a nasty cut above his left eye. The ringside doctor came in, took a look at the cut and quickly called an end to the fight.
Then the drama began.
Immediately after Anderson celebrated what he thought was a win, Nemkov complained that it was a clash of heads — not an elbow — that caused the cut. After Trigg and the athletic commission reviewed the tape. the fight was ultimately ruled a “No Contest.” Had the fight gone one more round, then the judges scorecards up until then would have declared the winner. Since it ended in round three, there was no choice but to call it as a “No Contest,” allowing Nemkov to keep the title.
Naturally, Anderson’s elation was quickly squashed, hurling a water bottle across the cage after hearing the decision. As a result, the Grand Prix finale gets delayed even further, and the two men will run it back later this year to declare a winner once and for all (hopefully).
Here is how the judges had it before the fight was stopped:
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