Bellator's Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix continues this Friday with two quarterfinal matchups set to take place at Bellator 257, live from Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut. The main event will see light heavyweight champion Vadim Nemkov defend his title in the opening round against Phil Davis, a rematch from their fight in 2018, which Nemkov won by split decision. The co-main event will feature former UFC contender Corey Anderson make his second fight under the Bellator promotion as he welcomes Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov to Bellator, the winner of this fight will face Ryan Bader in the semi-finals.
Official weigh-in results for Bellator 257
Light Heavyweight Title Fight
Vadim Nemkov (204.50) vs Phil Davis (205)
Corey Anderson (204.75) vs Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov (204.50)
Grachik Bozinyan (170) vs Demarques Jackson (170.75)
One fighter misses, a light heavyweight alternate
The Bellator 257 weigh-ins almost came out perfect with all fighters making weight, except one. Undefeated and seventh-ranked featherweight Jay Jay Wilson missed weight for the second consecutive fight and per the Mohegan Sun commission, he will not be allowed to a second weigh-in attempt.
Also of note from Thursday's weigh-in according to MMA Junkie, fifth-ranked light heavyweight Julius Anglickas weighed in a second time to hit 205 on the dot, meaning he could line up as an alternate for the Light Heavyweight Grand Prix taking place on Friday, although all fighters competing in the tournament made weight. If something were to happen to any of the competitors, it is likely that Anglickas will replace them.
Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix continues on
After things got started in the Light Heavyweight World Grand Prix last weekend at Bellator 256 where Ryan Bader advanced to the semi-finals with a dominant victory over Lyoto Machida, two more quarterfinals matchup will take place this weekend. Champion Vadim Nemkov will take on Phil Davis where the winner will await the winner of Anthony Johnson vs Yoel Romero. Nemkov previously defeated Phil Davis in 2018 by a split decision, but Davis said at media day that he feels this is the perfect time for the rematch to take place.
The co-main event will see Corey Anderson welcome Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov who will be making his Bellator MMA debut. The winner of this fight will go on to face Ryan Bader in the semi-finals.
Three other fights you do not want to miss
Bellator 257 has plenty of great action from the very first fight of the prelims to the main event on Friday, but here are three other fights viewers will want to make sure they're tuned in for.
- Paul Daley vs Sabah Homasi - This catchweight fight at 175 pounds, will feature two of Bellator's very best welterweight fighters who have some beef towards each other. This fight has previously been scheduled and scratched twice for varying reasons, and the tone of each fighter towards their opponent has changed each time. Both fighters are eager to get back in and compete, and finally, put this chapter of their fight behind them.
- Pedro Carvalho vs Jay Jay Wilson - While Jay Jay Wilson missed weight for his second consecutive fight, he will carry into the cage with him an undefeated record and the seventh-placed ranking in Bellator's featherweight division. For Carvalho, the former title challenger, it's an opportunity to show he's still at the top of the division and a decisive win could put him right back into the title conversation.
- Julia Budd vs Dayana Silva - Former women's featherweight champion Julia Budd will look to get her second consecutive win inside the cage since losing her title to Cris Cyborg last year. While there are other contenders like Cat Zingano making their own case for a title fight against Cyborg, if Budd turns in her best performance to date, she could line herself up to get a rematch for the belt.