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Bellator 244 breakdown: How much of a threat is Vadim Nemkov to Ryan Bader?

em>MMA Junkie analyst Dan Tom breaks down the Bellator’s top bouts. Today, we look at the main event for Bellator 244.

Bellator 244 takes place Friday at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. The main card airs on Paramount following prelims on MMA Junkie.

Ryan Bader (27-5-1 MMA, 5-0-1 BMMA)

Staple info:

  • Height: 6’2″ Age: 37 Weight: 205 lbs. Reach: 74″
  • Last fight: No contest with Cheick Kongo (Sept. 7, 2019)
  • Camp: Power MMA (Arizona)
  • Stance/striking style: Orthodox/kickboxing
  • Risk management: Good

Supplemental info:

+ Bellator light heavy and heavyweight champ
+ 2x Division I All-American wrestler
+ 3x Pac-10 champion
+ 12 KO victories
+ 3 submission wins
+ 10 first-round finishes
+ KO power
+ Good cardio and conditioning
+ Improved striking and footwork
^ Accurate left hand
+ Excellent wrestling ability
^ Explosive power-double takedown
+ Strong inside the clinch
+ Good transitional grappler
^ Solid positional awareness and rides

Vadim Nemkov (12-2 MMA, 4-0 BMMA)

Staple info:

  • Height: 6’0″ Age: 28 Weight: 205 lbs. Reach: 76″
  • Last fight: Submission win over Rafael Carvalho (Oct. 12, 2019)
  • Camp: Fedor Team (Russia)
  • Stance/striking style: Orthodox/kickboxing
  • Risk management: Good

Supplemental info:

+ Multiple combat sambo championships
^ World, Russian and European titles
+ Judo black belt
+ 8 KO victories
+ 2 submission wins
+ 8 first-round finishes
+ KO power
+ Aggressive pace and pressure
+ Fast hand and foot speed
+ Solid boxing ability
+ Hard leg kicks
+ Strong inside the clinch
+ Excellent takedown ability
^ In the open or inside clinch
+ Good transitional grappler
^ Accurate ground strikes

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Original Article posted mmajunkie.usatoday.com/lists/bellator-244-bader-vs-nemkov-analysis-breakdown/ by Dan Tom

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