The next time Vadim Nemkov steps into the Bellator cage, he’ll challenge for championship gold. The Stary Oksol native is scheduled to take on two-division champion Ryan Bader for the light heavyweight title May 9 at Bellator 242, and the surging Russian contender will be hoping to replicate his form from Bellator 230 that earned him his title shot. Nemkov took out former middleweight champion Rafael Carvalho in Milan as he put the brakes on the Brazilian’s hopes of moving up a division and earning a shot at his second Bellator strap, as he finished his man inside two rounds to stake his own claim for a shot at the gold.

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Bellator free fight: See how Vadim Nemkov earned his shot at the light heavyweight title – MMA Junkie

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