Bellator 244 Results: Vadim Nemkov Wins The Gold, Julia Budd Gets Back In the Win Column & More!

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Main Card (10pm EST., Paramount Network)

Bellator Light Heavyweight Championship
Vadim Nemkov def. Ryan Bader by TKO via strikes (3:02, R2) to win the title

Julia Budd def. Jessy Miele by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

Valentin Moldavsky def. Roy Nelson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

John Salter def. Andrew Kapel by submission via arm triangle choke (3:11, R3)

Preliminary Card (7:15pm EST., Youtube)

Sidney Outlaw def. Adam Piccolotti by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Josh Hill def. Erik Perez by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Lucas Brennan def. Will Smith by TKO via strikes (4:14, R2)

Chris Gonzalez def. Vladimir Tokov by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

Weber Almeida def. Salim Mukhidinov by KO via strikes (3:57, R1)

Yaroslav Amosov def. Mark Lemminger by TKO via doctor stoppage (5:00, R1)

John De Jesus def. Vladyslav Parubchenko by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)


Bellator Light Heavyweight Championship
Ryan Bader (c) vs. Vadim Nemkov

Round One: The round begins with the fighters taking a few swings at each other, Bader comes forward and he nails Nemkov with a combination. Nemkov starts landing some leg kicks against Bader, Bader responds by cracking Nemkov with leg kicks of his own. Nemkov goes for a high kick and Bader blocks it, Nemkov and Bader also exchange a plethora of jabs to the face. Nemkov backs up Bader after landing a multiple punch combination, Bader continues looking for left hooks against Nemkov. Bader scores a takedown on Nemkov and he gets the open guard, Bader postures up after landing a few strikes and Nemkov gets up a short time later. Bader then nails Nemkov with a kick to the midsection, Nemkov throws a few kicks of his own as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Bader

Round Two: The round begins with Bader and Nemkov exchanging a few combinations, Nemkov cracks a swinging Bader with a counter overhand left. Nemkov rocks a backing Bader while swinging away at him, Nemkov accidentally pokes Bader in the eye and the fight is halted. The fight resumes with the fighters exchanging some jabs, Nemkov continues backing up Bader while swinging away at him. Bader starts attacking Nemkov with some leg kicks, Nemkov drops Bader with a head kick and he pounces on him with a ton of strikes. Bader gets up and Nemkov drops him twice more while landing a ton of strikes, Bader gets up and Nemkov drops him with a left hook and the referee jumps in.

Official Result: Vadim Nemkov def. Ryan Bader by TKO via strikes (3:02, R2) to win the title

Julia Budd vs. Jessy Miele

Round One: The round begins with Miele attacking Budd with some leg kicks, Miele backs up Budd while throwing a combination. Miele starts landing a few lefts against Budd, Budd comes forward and she starts swinging away at Miele. Miele backs up Budd after landing a kick to her midsection, Budd lands a few counter strikes on a swinging Miele. Budd then cracks Miele with a right to the chin followed by a kick to the midsection, Budd then cracks a swinging Miele with a counter right. Budd backs Miele into the cage wall after landing a pair of rights, Budd scores a takedown on Miele and she gets the half guard as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Budd

Round Two: The round begins with Budd attacking Miele with some leg kicks, Budd backs up Miele while popping her with rights. Miele backs Budd into the cage wall after landing a straight left, Budd fires back against Miele and a striking exchange breaks out. Budd cracks Miele with a few kicks to the midsection, Miele also starts landing some jabs against a moving Budd. Budd clinches with Miele while attacking her with some knee strikes, Budd scores a takedown on Miele and she gets the half guard. Budd starts attacking Miele with some ground and pound as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Budd (Overall Score: 20-18 for Budd)

Round Three: The round begins with Miele and Budd taking some swings at each other, Budd backs up Miele after landing a two punch combination. Budd scores a takedown on Miele and she gets the half guard, Budd attacks Miele with some ground and pound. Budd looks for the arm triangle choke before gaining the full mount against Miele, Budd returns to the half guard while attacking Miele with more strikes. Miele gets Budd in her full guard while eating some strikes, Miele scrambles to her feet and Budd swings away at her until the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Budd (Final Score: 30-27 for Budd)

Official Result: Julia Budd def. Jessy Miele by unanimous decision (30-26, 30-27, 30-27)

Roy Nelson vs. Valentin Moldavsky

Round One: The round begins with Nelson grabbing Moldavsky and getting him up against the cage wall, Moldavsky spins Nelson and he lands a few strikes while in the clinch. The fighters continue exchanging strikes while in the clinch, the fighters separate and Moldavsky starts landing some leg kicks. Nelson comes forward and Moldavsky pops him with a two punch combination, Moldavsky backs Nelson into the cage wall while landing a multiple punch combination. Moldavsky keeps Nelson on the cage wall while swinging away at him, Moldavsky cracks a swinging Nelson with a counter right hook. The fighters swing away at each other as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Moldavsky

Round Two: The round begins with Moldavsky attacking Nelson with some leg kicks, Moldavsky comes forward and he lands a few combinations on Nelson. Moldavsky grabs Nelson and he backs him up against the cage wall, Moldavsky cracks Nelson with some elbow strikes while in the clinch. Moldavsky lands a bunch of strikes against Nelson while in the clinch, Nelson fires back and he lands a few strikes on Moldavsky. Moldavsky stays in the clinch with Nelson until the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Moldavsky (Overall Score: 20-18 for Moldavsky)

Round Three: The round begins with Moldavsky attacking Nelson with some leg kicks, Moldavsky pops a swinging Nelson with a counter left. Moldavsky pops Nelson with a few jabs followed by a right, Moldavsky stays at a distance while landing combinations on Nelson. Moldavsky grabs Nelson and he gets him up against the cage wall, the fighters separate and Moldavsky lands a combination. Moldavsky grabs Nelson and gets him back up against the cage wall, the fighters separate and swing away at each other until the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Moldavsky (Final Score: 30-27 for Moldavsky)

Official Result: Valentin Moldavsky def. Roy Nelson by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)

John Salter vs. Andrew Kapel

Round One: The round begins with Salter attacking Kapel with some leg kicks, Kapel starts attacking Salter with a variety of kicks. Salter scores a takedown on Kapel and he gets the half guard, Kapel scrambles to his feet to get the fight standing again. Salter scores another takedown on Kapel and he gets the half guard, Salter starts attacking Kapel with some ground and pound. Salter gains the full mount while nailing Kapel with more strikes, Kapel scrambles at the right time and he gets top control on Salter. Salter rolls for a triangle choke and Kapel defends against it, Salter regains top control and he hits Kapel with a few strikes as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Salter

Round Two: The round begins with the fighters taking some swings at each other, Salter nails Kapel with an overhand left. Salter scores a takedown on Kapel and he gets the full guard, Salter gains the half guard and then the full mount on Kapel. Salter attacks Kapel with some ground and pound, Salter also looks for the arm triangle choke on Kapel. Salter hits Kapel with a few more strikes as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Salter (Overall Score: 20-18 for Salter)

Round Three: The round begins with Kapel attacking Salter with a few kicks, Kapel goes for a head kick and Salter blocks it. Salter scores a takedown on Kapel and he gets the half guard, Salter gains the full mount while attacking Kapel with some strikes. Salter catches Kapel in an arm triangle choke and the tap out follows.

Official Result: John Salter def. Andrew Kapel by submission via arm triangle choke (3:11, R3)

Yaroslav Amosov vs. Mark Lemminger

Round One: The round begins with Amosov attacking Lemminger with some leg kicks, Amosov and Lemminger get into a brief striking exchange. Amosov comes forward and Lemminger pops him with a right uppercut, Amosov drops Lemminger with a multiple punch combination and he pounces on him with more strikes while getting top control on the ground. Amosov keeps Lemminger down while attacking him with ground and pound, Amosov postures up and he swings away at Lemminger. Lemminger rolls for the leg of Amosov as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-8 for Amosov

In between rounds, the doctor says that Lemminger cannot continue due to the cut on his eye.

Official Result: Yaroslav Amosov def. Mark Lemminger by TKO via doctor stoppage (5:00, R1)

Adam Piccolotti vs. Sidney Outlaw

Round One: The round begins with Outlaw popping a jabbing Piccolotti with a counter right, Outlaw scores a takedown on Piccolotti and Piccolotti gets right back up. Outlaw drags Piccolotti back to the ground and he gets back control, Piccolotti scrambles to his feet and he scores a takedown on Outlaw. Piccolotti attacks Outlaw with some ground and pound before getting back control, Outlaw scrambles and he gains top control against Piccolotti. The fighters exchange a bunch of strikes while on the ground and the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Outlaw

Round Two: The round begins with Piccolotti scoring a takedown on a swinging Outlaw, Outlaw tries scrambling and Piccolotti gets side control on him. Piccolotti transitions to the full mount and then back control on Outlaw, Outlaw scrambles and he gets top control on Piccolotti. Outlaw attacks Piccolotti with some ground and pound, Piccolotti looks for submissions while on his back. Piccolotti scrambles to his feet and Outlaw gets him against the cage wall before dragging him back to the ground as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Outlaw (Overall Score: 20-18 for Outlaw)

Round Three: The round begins with the fighters having a brief striking exchange, Outlaw scores a takedown on Piccolotti and Piccolotti scrambles to get top control. Piccolotti attacks Outlaw with a lot of ground and pound, Outlaw tries trapping the head of Piccolotti while eating more strikes. Outlaw scrambles at the right time and he gets top control on Piccolotti, Outlaw looks for back control on Piccolotti and he winds up getting him in a seated position, Piccolotti scrambles to his feet and Outlaw drags him back to the ground as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Piccolotti (Final Score: 29-28 for Outlaw)

Official Result: Sidney Outlaw def. Adam Piccolotti by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Erik Perez vs. Josh Hill

Round One: The round begins with Hill attacking Perez with some leg kicks, Perez then nails Hill with a kick to the midsection. Perez backs Hill into the cage wall as the fighters swing away at each other, Perez and Hill exchange some leg kicks. Perez comes forward and Hill names him with a counter right hook, Hill grabs a swinging Perez and he gets him against the cage wall. The fighters separate and Perez nails Hill with a two punch combination, Hill responds by nailing Perez with an uppercut. Perez backs Hill up while landing a two strike combination, Perez grabs Hill and he gets him up against the cage wall. The fighters separate and exchange some strikes until the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Hill

Round Two: The round begins with Perez cracking a kicking Hill with a counter right hook, Hill goes for a high kick and Hill blocks it. Perez backs up Hill while landing a right to his midsection, Perez and Hill exchange some kicks to the midsection. Perez comes forward and Hill nails him with a right hook, Hill then nails an incoming Perez with a jump knee strike. Perez grabs Hill and he gets him up against the cage wall, the fighters separate and Hill lands some leg kicks on Perez. Hill looks to spin and Perez kicks him in the midsection, Hill scores a takedown on Perez and Perez gets right back up. Hill scores another takedown and Perez gets right up as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Hill (Overall Score: 20-18 for Hill)

Round Three: The round begins with Perez backing Hill into the cage wall while swinging away at him, Perez throws a knee strike as the fighters separate. Perez backs up Hill while landing a short right hook, Perez lands another right before eating a knee strike from Hill. Perez continuously lands rights against a moving Hill, Perez also starts landing some leg kicks against Hill. Hill scores a takedown on Perez and he gets back control, Hill looks for a rear naked choke and Perez defends against it. Hill rolls for an arm bar and Perez defends against it until the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Hill (Final Score: 30-27 for Hill)

Official Result: Josh Hill def. Erik Perez by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)

Weber Almeida vs. Salim Mukhidinov

Round One: The round begins with Almeida attacking Mukhidinov with a few lefts, Aleimda goes for a head kick and Mukhidinov blocks it. Mukhidinov starts hunting for the takedown against Almeida, Almeida then pops Mukhidinov with a left to the midsection. Mukhidinov starts landing some leg kicks against Almeida, Mukhidinov backs Almeida up while throwing a variety of kicks. Mukhidinov looks for a takedown and Almeida swings away at him, Almeida lands some leg kicks of his own against Mukhidinov. Almeida drops a swinging Mukhidinov with a counter right hook and he pounces on him with more strikes until the referee jumps in.

Official Result: Weber Almeida def. Salim Mukhidinov by KO via strikes (3:57, R1)

Vladyslav Parubchenko vs. John De Jesus

Round One: The round begins with Parubchenko attacking De Jesus with a high kick, De Jesus starts attacking Parubchenko with some jabs. De Jesus starts landing some leg kicks against Parubchenko, De Jesus goes for a high kick and Parubchenko blocks it. Parubchenko charges at De Jesus while taking some swings at him, Parubchenko grabs De Jesus and he gets him up against the cage wall. The fighters separate and exchange some kicks, De Jesus backs Parubchenko into the cage wall while landing a few knee strikes. De Jesus goes for a jump knee strike and superman punch as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for De Jesus

Round Two: The round begins with De Jesus attacking Parubchenko with some leg kicks, Parubchenko scores a takedown on De Jesus and he gets the open guard. Parubchenko attacks De Jesus with some ground and pound, Parubchenko transitions to side control against De Jesus. De Jesus scrambles and both fighters get back to their feet, De Jesus rocks Parubchenko after landing a pair of knee strikes. Parubchenko grabs De Jesus and gets him up against the cage wall, the fighters separate and De Jesus goes for another knee strike as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for De Jesus (Overall Score: 20-18 for De Jesus)

Round Three: The round begins with De Jesus attacking Parubchenko with some jabs and leg kicks, Parubchenko pops a swinging De Jesus with a counter right. Parubchenko charges at De Jesus while swinging away at him, De Jesus and Parubchenko clinch near the cage wall. The fighters separate and De Jesus kicks an incoming Parubchenko in the midsection, Parubchenko backs De Jesus up while swinging away at him. De Jesus throws a high kick and Parubchenko blocks it, De Jesus grabs Parubchenko and he nails him with a knee strike. Parubchenko scores a takedown on De Jesus and De Jesus scrambles to get full mount on him as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for De Jesus (Final Score: 30-27 for De Jesus)

Official Result: John De Jesus def. Vladyslav Parubchenko by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 29-28)

Vladimir Tokov vs. Chris Gonzalez

Round One: The round begins with Tokov attacking Gonzalez with some leg kicks, Tokov scores a takedown on Gonzalez and he gets him in a seated position. Gonzalez scrambles to his feet and he nails Tokov with a knee strike to the head, Gonzalez looks for a takedown on Tokov after landing a left. Tokov attacks Gonzalez with strikes while defending against the takedown, the fighters separate and exchange some leg kicks. Gonzalez charges forward and a striking exchange breaks out with Tokov, Tokov backs up Gonzalez while landing a few rights. Tokov continues coming forward while swinging away at Gonzalez, Tokov scores a takedown on Gonzalez and Gonzalez gets right back up as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Tokov

Round Two: The round begins with Tokov attacking Gonzalez with some leg kicks, Gonzalez and Tokov get into a brief striking exchange. The fighters clinch and separate after landing a few strikes, Tokov backs up Gonzalez after throwing a combination. Tokov throws a high kick and Gonzalez blocks it, Gonzalez grabs Tokov and he gets him against the cage wall. Gonzalez drags Tokov to the ground and he nearly gets him in a banana split, Tokov scrambles to get the fight standing again. Tokov again attacks Gonzalez with a few combinations, Tokov starts looking for the takedown on Gonzalez. Gonzalez pops a kicking Tokov with a counter right, Gonzalez follows up with a two punch combo on Tokov as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Gonzalez (Overall Score: 19-19 for Draw)

Round Three: The round begins with Tokov taking a few swings at Gonzalez, Gonzalez starts firing back at Tokov. Tokov scores a takedown on Gonzalez and Gonzalez gets right back up, Gonzalez hits a swinging Tokov with a counter right. Tokov eats a few more strikes after kicking Gonzalez in the midsection, Tokov then cracks Gonzalez with a right hook. Gonzalez again cracks a swinging Tokov with a counter right, Gonzalez backs Tokov up while swinging away at him. Tokov charges at Gonzalez while swinging away at him, Tokov cracks Gonzalez with a two punch combination. Gonzalez gets Tokov against the cage wall after landing a pair of rights, Gonzalez and Tokov get tangled up as they fall to the ground. The fighters scramble to their feet as the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Gonzalez (Final Score: 29-28 for Gonzalez)

Official Result: Chris Gonzalez def. Vladimir Tokov by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 30-27)

Lucas Brennan vs. Will Smith

Round One: The round begins with the fighters taking some swings at each other, Smith throws jabs and lands leg kicks on Brennan. Brennan grabs Smith and he gets him up against the cage wall, Brennan scores a takedown on Smith and he gets side control. Brennan transitions to the half guard position against Smith, Brennan gains the full mount on Smith while landing some strikes and the round ends.

Fightful scores the round 10-9 for Brennan

Round Two: The round begins with Smith taking some swings at Brennan, Smith pops a swinging Brennan with a counter right. Brennan responds by nailing Smith with a short left, Brennan scores a takedown on Smith and he gets the half guard. Brennan starts attacking Smith with some ground and pound, Brennan transitions to side control on Smith while landing more strikes. Brennan gains the full mount while attacking Smith with more strikes, Brennan lands more unanswered strikes and the referee jumps in.

Official Result: Lucas Brennan def. Will Smith by TKO via strikes (4:14, R2)

Bellator 244 takes place at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Connecticut on Friday, August 21. A light heavyweight title fight between Ryan Bader and Vadim Nemkov serves as headliner. Stay with Fightful for all your fight night coverage.

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