Bellator 288 is set and will feature a championship doubleheader later today (Fri. Nov. 18, 2022) at Wintrust Arena in Chicago, IL. In the evening’s main event, lightweight kingpin Vadim Nemkov will once again face off against Corey Anderson in the Grand Prix Final. Co-promoting the event will be an intriguing lightweight title fight as Patrick Pitbull puts his 155-pound belt on the line against Usman Nurmagomedov.

Many readers tune in to share their thoughts on all the action before, during, and after the war. 6 pm in Ethiopia “Prelims” on YouTube and then to Showtime 9pm ET For main card action. Feel free to leave a comment (or 288) about the fight and chat with other maniacs during the show – it’s always great fun!

Bellator 288 instant results:

205 pounds: Champion Vadim Nemkov vs. Corey Anderson
155 pounds: Champion Patrick Pitbull vs. Usman Nurmagomedov
145 pounds: Daniel Wieschel vs. Timur Khizriv
265 pounds Tyrell Fortune vs. Daniel James – James by TKO in the second round
170 pounds Roman Faraldo vs. Levan Chokely – Chokely by unanimous decision
185 pounds Imamshafi Alev vs. Sean Fallon – Aliyev in the first round TKO (doctor stoppage)
155 pounds Arch Colgan vs. Jesse Hannam – Colgan via TKO in the first round
185 pounds Jordan Newman vs. Jayden Tauker – Newman by submission in the second round (guillotine choke)
155 pounds Killys Mota vs. Jairo Pacheco – Dead by unanimous decision
205 pounds Sullivan Cowley vs. Jay Radick – Cauley via first round knockout
145 pounds Laird Anderson vs. Rob Fenicle – Anderson via TKO in the second round
145 pounds Isaiah Hockitt. vs. Matias Nader – Hokit via TKO in the second round
265 pounds: Vlad Gouvea vs. Kory Moegenburg – Gouvea via second-round TKO

Bellator 288 Play-by-play:

Champion Vadim Nemkov vs. Corey Anderson

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Champion Patrick Pitbull vs. Usman Nurmagomedov

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Daniel Wichel vs. Timur Khizriv

Round 1: Both men are a bit tentative to begin with. A couple of body kicks are exchanged but nothing major. Blocked right from Kizriev. Wichel eats a clean one-two from his enemy. Midway through the opening round. Jab from Wichel and a left hook lands. Kick to the body lands for Khizriev. Low kick by Weschel, Khizriev comes up with a right hand. A jab from Wishel and a good counter from Kizriv snaps his opponent’s head back. Kick to the body from Kizriv and Wishel comes in with a flying knee that catches the air. Double jab from Khizriev. 10-9 Kizriv

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Final result:


Tyrell Fortune vs. Daniel James

Round 1: Gloves touch. A solid low kick from Fortune to kick things off. The other, however, was caught by James and sent to the canvas. Fortune gets up and James grabs him and shoves him into the house, turning Fortune upside down. Fortune had his enemy kneed in the knee area and then stopped in his tracks. Once the action resumes, he shoots to take down Fortune, and he gets it. Not much action on the ground. Fortune delivers some shots to James’ side, but it doesn’t seem to hurt him. James is a duck with Fortune sitting on it. James tries to get up and Fortune takes his back and sinks into his bare back choke. It’s tight and James is wrestling his arms and reverses position and starts landing bombs on Fortune to close out the round. Wild! A very close round. 10-9 Fortune

Round 2: James Fortune lands a huge uppercut in the opening seconds of the second round! He climbs up and starts letting his elbows fly. One after another. The referee is giving Fortune time to recover but he has seen enough. Wow! What a debut from James!

Final score: James def. Chance via TKO in the second round


Roman Faraldo vs. Levan Chokely

Round 1: Both men come out swinging and Chokely goes for an early takedown and gets it. Faraload escapes, though Chokely almost gets choked. Back to their feet and Chokely shakes Faraldo for a moment, allowing the punch. Chokely moves in for a takedown, full and a nice judo throw from Falaldo, which ends up in mount position. That was smooth. Faraldo is starting to let his elbows fly and Chokeli somehow repositions himself and is now on guard. Coccoli isn’t doing much from this position. He gets some ground and starts with ground-and-pound. Faraldo tries to get up but Chokely is holding his position. Faraldo trembled, but could not hold fast from his opponents. This was a very close round but Chokely takes it. 10-9 Chocolate

Round 2: Faraldo lands a right hand and Coccoli goes for another takedown, but is stuffed. They’re swinging for the fence, but Coccoli doesn’t like it one bit, so he grabs Faraldo and shoves him into the cage. Chokely is in Faraldo’s open guard. Chokely takes Faraldo’s back and is now looking for a back naked choke. Faraldo escapes but eats a kick to the face from Chokely. Chockelli grabs Faraldo and drags him to the fence, but he’s eating some elbows to the side of the head for his troubles. Chockelli lands a nice right but Faraldo drops him with a nice right hand and goes up top. Chokeli is trying to survive when Faraldo unleashes hell with his fists. He’s out of trouble for now. Faraldo is now landing more kicks to the side of the head and a point is deducted for holding the fence. The round ends with non-stop elbows. He would have won the round if he hadn’t been caught. 9-9

Round 3: Faraldo needs a finish because if he wins this round the fight will be a draw. Faraldo is swinging hard but nothing clean to connect. Chocoli shoots for a takedown but is stuffed again. Both men cooled down a bit in the third and final round after throwing up a lot of heat in the first two rounds. Left hook from Chockelli and Faraldo returns fire with a clean right hand. Chokely reverses the level and finally gets the takedown. It’s the critical takedown that earns him points in the round. Faraldo must try to get the takedown or work his way up to secure a submission from the ground. Chokely has a great position and he is not about to give it up. Chokely gets a warning from the ref to work a little. Faraldo is working hard to get up, but Chockelli doesn’t get up with a minute left in the fight. The fight ends in the same position with Coccoli on top and Faraldo trying to get to his feet. 10-9 Chocolate

Final score: Chokheli def. Faraldo unanimous decision


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