We have a new semifinalist in the heavyweight grand prix, but Bellator 194’s buzziest finish likely came from main-card fighter Vadim Nemkov.
At Friday’s event, which aired on Paramount from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., Matt Mitrione (13-5 MMA, 4-0 BMMA) edged fellow vet Roy Nelson (22-15 MMA, 1-1 BMMA) via majority decision to advance to the final four of the yearlong eight-man tourney.
However, earlier on the card, light heavyweight Nemkov (9-2 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) posted one of the night’s more painful stoppages after battering and tenderizing ex-champ Liam McGeary’s (12-3 MMA, 9-3 BMMA) leg to set up a third-round TKO victory.
Also on the card, lightweight Patricky Freire (19-8 MMA, 12-7 BMMA) renewed his title hopes with a dominant first-round TKO victory over Derek Campos (19-7 MMA, 8-5 BMMA), and flyweight Heather Hardy (2-1 MMA, 2-1 BMMA) topped fellow pro boxer Ana Julaton (2-4 MMA, 0-2 BMMA) via decision in a sometimes-sloppy affair.
Additionally, in the main-card opener, featherweight Tywan Claxton (2-0 MMA, 2-0 BMMA) didn’t score another flying-knee knockout but he did show off some wrestling and ground and pound in a second-round TKO win over Jose Perez (0-2 MMA, 0-2 BMMA).
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