The reigning Bellator light heavyweight champion Vadim Nemkov, who successfully defended his title against Cuban Yoel Romero, summed up the match and answered a question about his future plans.
“I was very surprised by his strong head, because there were many accented hits that I felt with a bone through a glove and tape,” the Russian fighter said at a press conference after the Bellator 297 tournament. “At the end of the second round, I thought he swam, but then I realized that he was playing, and was no longer led by his provocations ”
“It’s good that I restrained myself and didn’t fall for these games, these dances. I could have given everything in the third round, tried to finish him, and I would not have been enough for the fourth or fifth round. I controlled myself and brought the fight to the end. The only thing is that I missed the ending a little”
According to Nemkov, he announced his future plans after consulting with the team and the organization.
“Now I can’t say – we’ll wait a couple of days, when the emotions pass, we’ll talk with Bellator, and then the organization will announce my plans. For me, this victory suggests that the division is almost cleared, and you can already think about heavyweight.”
At the same time, the Russian made it clear that he was not interested in a duel with Corey Anderson, who defeated Phil Davis by split decision in the third most important event of the tournament.
“I would like to see new names. Because if I fight Corey Anderson for the third time now, and Phil Davis beats someone, I will have to fight Davis for the third time.”
Recall that the title fight, which led the event in Chicago, went the whole distance and ended with the victory of the Russians by unanimous decision with a score of 49-46 three times.