The World’s best Light Heavyweight division is back on Showtime with Friday Night Fights as Bellator MMA returns with a HUGE card for #Bellator257 as LHW Champion Vadim Nemkov of Russia faces American Wrestling superstar Phil Davis in a rematch that saw Davis lose a split decision. Nemkov looked unstoppable in his bout against fellow LHW tournament fighter Ryan Bader, and a rematch against Phil Davis is expected to be another tough as the bout is scheduled for 5 rounds of action.
The Co Main event will feature Corey Anderson’s second fight with the promotion after his big win over Melvin Manhoef in 2020. Anderson who is 1-1 against UFC Champion Jan Blachowicz will be facing Dovletdzhan Yagshimuradov a fighter who is 18-5-1 overall but riding an 8 fight win streak competing in Russia’s premier mixed martial arts events ACA, ACB, M-1. Also featured on the card is a bad blood matchup between Paul Daley and Sabah Homasi, which will guarantee to be a barn burner with both fighters having striking backgrounds. Daley a veteran of over 60 professional fights has won 3 of his last 5 fights with loses coming to top contender Michael MP Page by decision and former UFC Champion contender Jon Fitch in a similar fashion.
Featuring Julia Budd and Lance Gibson on the same card for the first time, Budd will be facing Brazilian Dayana Silva who is 1-1 in her last two bouts, but a veteran of over 14 fights and has faced top Brazilian Talent like Mariana Morais, Gisele Moreira (DWCS vet), Jennifer Maia, Juliana Lima, and Carina Damm—all veterans of the UFC or former World Champions. Fans of Cyborg may also recognize Mads Burnell on the prelims facing UK standout Saul Rogers in a battle of 14-3 bantamweights. With a return of Raymond Daniels, fans a almost guaranteed another spectacular KO and things will get started with Pedro Carvalho looking to right the ship against surging prospect Jay Jay Wilson who at 7-0 is considered the next top talent from Hawaii.
Fans on Cyborg Nation after the preliminary fights, watch the remainder of Bellator 257 live on Showtime, you can set you DVR now to record the FRIDAY NIGHT FIGHT as Cyborg Vs. Smith takes place May 21st live on SHOWTIME. Cyborg who submitted 2x World Boxing Champion Arlene Blencowe in her last outing inside the Bellator MMA Cage was awarded her BJJ Black Belt from professor Cobrinha following the performance. To have your opportunity to meet and greet with a virtual Q&A and a premium experience with Cyborg, be sure to check out our premium membership–register for 1 year and receive an autographed photo from the champ in the mail. GET YOUR AUTOGRAPH HERE.