Vadim Nemkov Neutralizes Yoel Romero, Retains Title By Unanimous Decision – Bellator 297 Results (Highlights)

Nemkov defends his title with a dominant performance over Romero.

Nemkov 297

It’s main event time at Bellator 297.

Bellator Light Heavyweight Champion Vadim Nemkov is back in action against former UFC title challenger Yoel Romero. Nemkov seeks his 11th-straight win while Romero will look to finally hold gold at 46 years old.

The action takes place at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Illinois.

Round 1:

Nemkov lands a 1-2 and mixes in body kicks. Nemkov gets aggressive, unloading many strikes on Romero. Romero targets the leg of Nemkov with kicks. Nemkov fires off a headkick which is blocked by Romero. Nemkov hits Romero with a hard right hand. Romero chops Nemkov with a leg kick. Nemkov’s right hand continues to land at a scary level of power. Nemkov hits Romero with a 1-2 and follows it up with a headkick.

CDS: 10-9 Nemkov

Round 2:

Nemkov goes for a double-jab to begin the round. Nemkov fires a fast leg kick and then a body kick. Nemkov hits at the body with punch. Nemkov lands two teep kicks to the body. Nemkov catches Romero with a headkick and a right hook. Right hand again lands for Nemkov. Romero lands a leg kick but misses with a fast wind-up left hand. Nemkov lands a 1-2. Nemkov lands a beautiful body kick. Nemkov lands a great 1-2.

CDS: 10-9 Nemkov

Round 3:

Nemkov lands a right hand and Romero counters with a hammer fist to the leg. Romero lands an oblique kick. Nemkov stuns Romero with a blistering combo of punches. Romero stays against the cage while Nemkov punishes him with many punches. Romero survives the onslaught. Romero plays ‘possum’ trying to lure Nemkov in with lazy body movement but Nemkov doesn’t fall for it, playing it smart instead. Romero topples Nemkov after a slip to the ground, trying for a guillotine choke but doesn’t get it. Nemkov presses forward, unleashing punches at the end of the round.

CDS: 10-9 Nemkov

Round 4:

Romero is awkward in his movement but that doesn’t stop Nemkov from piecing him up with punches. Nemkov throws a knee up the middle that lands. Nemkov lands to the body and the head of the Cuban. Romero eats a hard combo to the face from Nemkov. Nemkov continues to land his 1-2 combinations with ease. Nemkov’s jab finds its target many times. Nemkov lands a crisp right cross and then a headkick. Romero hits Nemkov with a superman punch. 

CDS: 10-9 Nemkov

Round 5:

Nemkov changes it up, shooting for a takedown which is defended by Romero. Nemkov lands a jab. Romero counters with a left of his own. Nemkov fires off a 1-2. Nemkov lands a punch and a kick. Romero loads up on his punches but they don’t find their target. Romero clinches up with the champ against the cage. Romero takes down Nemkov after a battle for clinch position. Holding top position, Romero lands punches to the body and mixes in elbows and punches to the head.

CDS: 10-9 Romero (total score: 49-46 Nemkov)

Official result: Vadim Nemkov defeats Yoel Romero by unanimous decision (49-46 x3)

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Published on June 17, 2023 at 12:11 am
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