A busy weekend for MMA saw Bellator offer up arguably the deepest card on paper, with two title fights perched atop Bellator 288 in Chicago on Friday.
In the main event, light heavyweight champ Vadim Nemkov and Corey Anderson ran it back, in the finale (hopefully) of the Light Heavyweight Grand Prix. The pair had met earlier in the year in a would-be final that ended in a No Contest as a result of an accidental headbutt.
That meant the million dollars in prize money was still on the line come Friday.
In the co-main event, Patricky Pitbull was set to defend his lightweight title for the first time, opposite Usman Nurmagomedov. Both men had accused the other of reaching their position based on name value; Friday would see things settled in the cage.
Other key names on the Bellator 288 card included heavyweight standout Tyrell Fortune, and undefeated welterweight Roman Faraldo, an American Top Team product making his main card debut.
Bellator 288 takes place on Friday, November 18, 2022 at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, IL. The preliminary card kicks off at 5:55PM ET, and can be viewed in the embed above. Where available, the main card can be watched below. Full results are also below and will be updated throughout the evening.
Bellator 288: Nemkov vs. Anderson 2 Results
Vadim Nemkov (c) def. Corey Anderson by unanimous decision (48-47, 49-46, 49-46) – for the Bellator light heavyweight championship / light heavyweight grand prix final
Usman Nurmagomedov def. Patricky Pitbull by unanimous decision (50-45, 50-44, 50-44) – for the Bellator lightweight championship
Timur Khizriev def. Daniel Weichel by unanimous decision (29-28, 30-27, 30-27)
Daniel James def. Tyrell Fortune by TKO (uppercut/ground n’ pound), Round 2, 0:27
Levan Chokheli def. Roman Faraldo by unanimous decision (29-27, 29-27, 29-27)
Imamshafi Aliev def. Sean Connor Fallon by TKO (doctor’s stoppage), Round 1, 3:20
Killys Mota def. Jairo Pacheco by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Archie Colgan def. Jesse Hannam by TKO, Round 1, 0:50
Sullivan Cauley def. Jay Radick by knockout, Round 1, 1:01
Jordan Newman def. Jayden Taulker by submission (rear-naked choke), Round 2, 3:20
Laird Anderson def. Rob Fenicle by TKO, Round 2, 2:28
Isaiah Hokit def. Matias Nader by TKO, Round 2, 3:48
Wladmir Gouvea def. Kory Moegenburg by TKO (strikes), Round 2, 1:46