Vadim Nemkov is now not the Bellator mild heavyweight champion.
On Wednesday, Bellator officers confirmed to MMA Combating that Nemkov vacated the 205-pound belt with plans to solely deal with heavyweight shifting ahead. He’s already booked his subsequent battle with a showdown scheduled towards ex-PFL champion Bruno Cappelozza on the upcoming PFL vs. Bellator card on Feb. 24 in Saudi Arabia.
MMA Junkie initially reported the information.
As of now, the Bellator mild heavyweight title stays vacant however a brand new champion shall be topped someday in 2024.
Undefeated in 10 fights with Bellator, Nemkov ran roughshod over the sunshine heavyweight division together with wins over ex-champion Ryan Bader in addition to beating Corey Anderson and Yoel Romero in back-to-back fights. It was after the win over Romero that Nemkov revealed plans to maneuver as much as heavyweight as a result of the load lower getting right down to 205 kilos was simply getting too tough.
Nemkov will comply with by way of on that promise along with his return to heavyweight kicking off the battle schedule in 2024.
The Russian has competed at heavyweight up to now — most notably as a part of the RIZIN Grand Prix the place he really suffered a loss to future UFC champion Jiri Prochazka within the semifinals.
Now he’ll return to his outdated stomping grounds with plans to name heavyweight his house for the long run.
There’s no phrase but when Bellator will transfer ahead with crowning a brand new mild heavyweight champion however the promotion is scheduled to carry a number of occasions internationally in 2024 after PFL bought the promotion.