chicago – Bellator 288 It took place on Friday, and MMA Junkie was on site providing live and official results.
The event took place at Wintrust Arena in Chicago. The main card aired on Showtime following prelims on MMA Junkie.
In the main event, light heavyweight champion Vadim Nemkov (16-2 MMA, 8-1 BMMA) puts his title on the line against Corey Anderson (16-6 MMA, 3-1 BMMA). The match was a rematch from April’s title fight, and an accidental head clash left Nemkov with a cut too deep to continue.
This time Nemkov looked much improved and swept the scorecards after five rounds. The fight was also the final of Bellator’s $1 million light heavyweight tournament.
In the co-main event, undefeated Usman Nurmagomedov (16-0 MMA, 5-0 BMMA) defeated Patrick Freire (24-11 MMA, 15-9 BMMA) to become the first Bellator champion from Dagestan. New generation lightweight.
Official Bellator 288 results include:
Main Card (showtime, 9 p.m. ET)
- Vadim Nemkov def. Corey Anderson by unanimous vote (48-47, 49-46, 49-46) – for the light heavyweight title; Light heavyweight tournament final
- Usman Nurmagomedov def Patrick Freire by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-44, 50-44) – for the lightweight title
- Timur Khizriv def Daniel Wieschel via unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
- Daniel James def Tyrell Fortune via TKO (elbows) – Round 2, 0:27
- Levan Chokely def. Roman Faraldo via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27).
Preliminary Card (MMA Junkie, 6 p.m. ET)
- Imamshafi Aliyev d. Sean Fallon via TKO (Dr. Stoppage) – Round 1, 3:20
- Killys Mota def Jairo Pacheco by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Archie Colgan def. Jesse Hunnam by Tyco (punches) – Round 1, 0:50
- Sullivan Cawley def. Jay Radick via knockout (punch) – Round 1, 1:01
- Jordan Newman def Jayden Tauker by submission (rear choke) – Round 2, 3:20
- Laird Anderson def Rob Fenicle by Tyco (punches) – Round 2, 2:28
- Isaiah Hokit dared. Matias Nader via TKO (punch) – Round 2, 3:48
- Wladmir Gouvea d. Kory Moegenburg via TKO (punch) – Round 2, 1:46