Bellator president Scott Coker reflects an a newsworthy Bellator 244 event from the Mohegan Sun Arena, headlined by Vadim Nemkov upsetting Ryan Bader via second-round TKO to win the light heavyweight championship. Plus: Coker’s thoughts on Cris Cyborg vs. Julia Budd 2, Roy Nelson possibly retiring from MMA, Fedor Emelianenko coming out of retirement, free agency negotiations with Michael Chandler and the UFC, Corey Anderson getting a title shot out of the gate, re-signing Valerie Loureda, and the new normal for the sport in 2020. Media coverage courtesy of Bellator MMA and BZA PR.

Bellator 244 Post-Fight Press Conference: Scott Coker on Nemkov vs. Bader

Bellator 244: Bader vs. Nemkov Results – Main Card:

Light Heavyweight Championship Main Event: Vadim Nemkov (13-2) defeated Ryan Bader (27-6, 1 NC) via TKO (strikes) at 3:03 of round two to become the new Bellator light heavyweight champion. 

Women’s Featherweight Co-Main Event: Julia Budd (14-3) defeated Jessy Miele (9-4) via unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27).

Heavyweights: Valentin Moldavsky (10-1) defeated Roy Nelson (23-20) via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27).

Middleweights: John Salter (18-4) defeated Andrew Kapel (15-7) via submission (arm triangle) at 3:11 of round three.

Bellator 244 Results – Preliminary Card:

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175lb Catchweight Fight: Yaroslav Amosov (24-0) defeated Mark Lemminger (11-2) via TKO (doctors stoppage) at 5:00 of round one. The welterweight “Dynamo” remains undefeated and should be coming to a Bellator MMA main card very soon.

Lightweights: Sidney Outlaw (15-4) defeated Adam Piccolotti (12-4) via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).

Bantamweights: Josh Hill (20-3) defeated Erik Perez (19-8) via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27).

147lb Catchweight Bout: Weber Almeida (4-0) defeated Salim Mukhidinov (7-5) via knockout (punches) at 3:57 of round one.

150lb Catchweight bout: John de Jesus (13-8) defeated Vladyslav Parubchenko (16-2) via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28).

Lightweights: Chris Gonzalez (5-0) defeated Vladimir Tokov (7-1) via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27).

Featherweights: Lucas Brennan (3-0) defeated Will Smith (3-2) via TKO (punches) at 4:14 of round two. No, not that Will Smith, but impressive performance nonetheless.

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