The principle occasion for Bellator 257 options an intriguing installment within the promotion’s grand prix between two males who’re very accustomed to each other.
Within the first assembly between Vadim Nemkov and Phil Davis, we witnessed the now-champion Nemkov barely outwork Davis in what was finally a aggressive first two frames. Nevertheless, come the third spherical, Nemkov appeared to fatigue down the stretch as he made poor wrestling decisions that led him to detrimental positions, nearly costing him the struggle.
Though Davis’ takedown threats will nonetheless be looming this time round, the previous Bellator champ has continued to make strides in his hanging since their preliminary encounter.
At all times keen on enjoying on the skin, Davis has lengthy insulated himself by his long-range kicking sport. Carrying an nearly preternatural sense for distance, Davis has been in a position to make the most of an array of kicks to maintain his opposition at bay and assist dictate the phrases of the struggle.
Lately, Davis has quietly upgraded his boxing abilities with the assistance of Azteca Boxing Membership, implementing prodding pictures and feints to his repertoire. Stated seems to be have subsequently allowed Davis to land sneaky left hooks that feed properly into his kicking sport, as we’ve seen the 36-year-old rating extra knockouts as of late.
That mentioned, Davis’ propensity to stay round on the ft longer than he has to may very well be problematic in opposition to a quick and harmful foe like Nemkov.
Regardless of coming from a powerful base in fight sambo, Nemkov presents much more than the casting punches which can be usually related to stylists from his aspect of the world.
Not like his mentor, Fedor Emelianenko, Nemkov makes use of much more jabs and straight punches in his repertoire – although he’s not past unleashing energy pictures from the rear as soon as establishing his timing and rhythm. Taking a extra Western boxing method additionally permits Nemkov to have much more level-changing alternatives within the takedown division.
When feeling in stride, the Stary Oskol product will proceed to interrupt regional stereotypes by attaching exhausting, Thai-style leg kicks to his combos and advances. Though Nemkov does supply the standard competencies off of the lead aspect that plenty of Russian and Jap European kickboxers present, it’s clear that the 28-year-old reserves most of his damaging efforts for power-sided assaults.
Nemkov would possibly be capable to change the course of this contest early with leg kicks, however he’ll nonetheless have to thoughts the level-changing threats that he might draw out from Davis.
Subsequent focal point: Return of the mat?