Bellator 277: Head butt ends Vadim Nemkov vs. Corey Anderson Light Heavyweight Grand Prix final

There will be no Light Heavyweight Grand Prix final winner after Vadim Nemkov vs. Corey Anderson was declared a no-contest after an accidental clash of heads.

They touched gloves to start showing a sign of respect for the fight to come.

There was a lot of action in the first round with each fighter achieving an “ohhh” moment from the hyped-up crowd. But it appeared that the champion got the better for the exchanges, even dropping Anderson with a leg kick to start the fight. Though Anderson ended the round by putting the champion against the cage.

The fans were not happy at the start of the round, but pepped up when Anderson dragged Nemkov to the ground. From there, he put the champion on his back, but couldn’t control him long enough to cause much damage. With less than 40 seconds left in the frame, Nemkov got to his feet and took Anderson’s back to end the round strong. Still, the round clearly went to Anderson.

Anderson took control in the third round landing a beautiful takedown on Nemkov with plenty of time to work for some ground and pound or a submission. Then out of nowhere Nemkov got Anderson in a tight choke and it looked like it was about to be over, but Anderson worked his way out. So far, it was the most exciting moment of the fight and the closest anyone had been to ending it.

With Nemkov now on his back, Anderson took back control and landed some big strikes. But with three seconds in the round, the referee stopped the fight and waved it off after they clashed heads.

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If the fight had gone to the scorecards, it likely would have gone Anderson’s way.

Both fighters took a long journey through the Bellator Light Heavyweight Grand Prix, with Nemkov holding on to his title in each of his wins. Anderson worked his way through Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov and Ryan Bader to earn his shot in the finals against the champ.

Nemkov fought Phil Davis and Julius Anglickas on his way to his shot at the $1 million prize.