Reigning Bellator light heavyweight champion Vadim Nemkov made his fourth successful defense of his title by defeating Cuban Yoel Romero at Bellator 297 in Chicago.
The fight, which became the main event of the event, went the whole distance, following the results of five rounds of which the judges by unanimous decision with a score of 49-46 gave the victory to the Russian fighter three times.
Throughout the match, the champion dominated the challenger, whom he almost tripled in the number of strikes and accurate shots.
In the third round, Romero, who spent most of the fight with a slowly moving target, suddenly began to demonstrate the style of a drunken master, which pleased the audience and puzzled Nemkov, however, this did not lead to serious success.
At the end of the final five-minute period, the Cuban managed to transfer the Russian and inflict a small cut on him, but this was not enough to affect the result of the lost match.
In the co-main event, reigning Bellator featherweight champion and the organization’s best fighter of any weight class, Patricio “Pitbull” Freire, made an unsuccessful debut in the bantamweight division, losing by unanimous decision to reigning title holder Sergio Pettis.
The American fighter, who won 49-46 and 50-45 twice, managed to seriously shock the Brazilian at the end of the second round with a spectacular roundhouse kick, however, he did not have enough time to build on his success and finish the fight ahead of schedule.
The third most important event of the tournament was the confrontation between the top American light heavyweights Phil Davis and Corey Anderson, in which the latter won by a split decision.
Among other results, we note the successful performances of Russian fighters Gadzhi Rabadanov and Ramazan Kuramagomedov.
All Bellator 297 results.