Bellator 288 took place tonight on SHOWTIME, and MMA News has all the results and highlights from the action!
In the main event, Vadim Nemkov and Corey Anderson ran it back to determine who the best light heavyweight in the promotion is. Their first bout ended in a no-contest after an accidental clash of heads, but the rematch provided closure and answers between the two grand prix finalists.
In the co-main event, Patricky Freire looked to defend his lightweight championship against Usman Nurmagomedov. Freire was attempting to complete his first successful title defense while Nurmagomedov was trying to add another championship to Dagestan’s ever-growing MMA history.
You can check out the main card highlights from tonight’s action below followed by the quick results!
Levan Chokheli def. Roman Faraldo
Levan Chokheli handed Roman Faraldo the first loss of his professional career in the opening bout of the Bellator 288 main card.
Daniel James def. Tyrell Fortune
Daniel James returned to the Bellator cage for the first time since 2014 when he stopped Tyrell Fortune early in the second round of their heavyweight fight.
Timur Khizriev def. Daniel Weichel
Timur Khizriev survived a late rally from Daniel Weichel to claim a unanimous decision victory in his debut for Bellator.
Usman Nurmagomedov def. Patricky Freire
Usman Nurmagomedov put on a dominant performance and earned a lopsided decision over Patricky Freire to claim Bellator’s lightweight title in the card’s co-main event.
Vadim Nemkov def. Corey Anderson
Vadim Nemkov showed off some stellar takedown defense to frustrate and punish Corey Anderson in their rematch for Nemkov’s light heavyweight title.
MAIN CARD (SHOWTIME, 9 p.m. ET)
- Light Heavyweight Championship Bout: Vadim Nemkov def. Corey Anderson via Unanimous Decision (48-47, 49-46 x2)
- Lightweight Championship Bout: Usman Nurmagomedov def. Patricky Freire via Unanimous Decision (50-45, 50-44 x2)
- Featherweight Bout: Timur Khizriev def. Daniel Weichel via Unanimous Decision (29-28, 30-27 x2)
- Heavyweight Bout: Daniel James def. Tyrell Fortune via TKO (Elbows): R2, 0:27
- Welterweight Bout: Levan Chokheli def. Roman Faraldo via Unanimous Decison (29-27 x3)
PRELIMINARY CARD (YouTube, 6 p.m. ET)
- Middlweight Bout: Imamshafi Aliev def. Sean Fallon via TKO (Cut): R1, 3:20
- Lightweight Bout: Killys Mota def. Jairo Pacheco via Unanimous Decision (30-27 x3)
- Lightweight Bout: Archie Colgan def. Jesse Hannam via TKO (Punches): R1, 0:50
- Light Heavyweight Bout: Sullivan Cauley def. Jay Radick via KO (Ground and Pound): R1, 1:01
- Middleweight Bout: Jordan Newman def. Jayden Taulker via Submission (Rear-Naked Choke) R2, 3:20
- Featherweight Bout: Laird Anderson def. Rob Fenicle via TKO (Ground and Pound): R2, 2:28
- Featherweight Bout: Isaiah Hokit def. Matias Nader via TKO (Knees and Punches): R2, 1:45
- Heavyweight Bout: Wladmir Gouvea def. Kory Moegenburg via TKO (Punches): R2, 1:46