Bellator 268 Recap: Nemkov’s Triumph and Anderson’s Thunderous Statement

Bellator 268, held on October 16, 2021, at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, Arizona, was a night of thrilling mixed martial arts action. The event was headlined by two high-profile semifinal matchups for the Bellator Light Heavyweight Grand Prix.

Nemkov Defends His Title

In the main event, reigning Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion Vadim Nemkov defended his title against Julius Anglickas. Nemkov, the Russian champion, finished the job at the beginning of Round 4. He worked to side control, trapping Anglickas’s right hand while blasting him with punches, then wresting control of the fight-ending submission. With this win, Nemkov successfully defended his title for the second time.

Anderson’s Thunderous Knockout

The co-main event featured a match between Corey Anderson and Ryan Bader. Anderson made a thunderous statement with a 51-second knockout of Bader. Anderson blasted Bader with a nasty overhand right behind the ear, then pounded out the Arizona product with a quickness to extend his perfect Bellator record to 3-0. This victory advanced Anderson into the finals of the light heavyweight grand prix.

Other Notable Matches

In other notable matches, Brent Primus defeated Benson Henderson via unanimous decision, putting himself in pole position to challenge for the 155-pound belt next. Meanwhile, Henry Corrales defeated Vladyslav Parubchenko via unanimous decision, rebounding to win two of his last three fights in Bellator.

Looking Ahead

The results of Bellator 268 set the stage for an exciting final of the Light Heavyweight Grand Prix. Nemkov will face Anderson, who has notched KO/TKO stoppages in all three of his bouts under the Bellator umbrella. This matchup promises to be a thrilling contest between two fighters at the top of their game.


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