Sherdog’s Official Mixed Martial Arts Rankings

Twice as Nice

By Tristen Critchfield Apr 19, 2021
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Vadim Nemkov seems to have Phil Davis’ number.

The 28-year-old Russian improved to 2-0 against “Mr. Wonderful,” as he took a five-round verdict in their rematch in the quarterfinals of the Bellator light heavyweight grand prix on Friday night. Nemkov, who bested Davis by split decision in 2018, retains his 205-pound belt and moves on to face the Anthony Johnson-Yoel Romero winner at a later date. He also keeps his No. 7 ranking in’s light heavyweight divisional poll.

Also at Bellator 257, third-ranked Corey Anderson scored a third-round technical knockout of Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov in another light heavyweight grand prix quarterfinal to set up a future matchup with ex-champ and fellow UFC veteran Ryan Bader.

While no changes occurred as a result of Friday’s action, Bellator’s bracket could have a significant impact on the 205-pound rankings in the coming months.

Note: Previous rankings listed in parentheses.

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