Vadim Nemkov formally vacates Bellator gentle heavyweight title, restful champion will most possible be topped in 2024

Vadim Nemkov isn’t any longer the Bellator gentle heavyweight champion.

On Wednesday, Bellator officers confirmed to MMA Combating that Nemkov vacated the 205-pound belt with plans to simplest focal point on heavyweight transferring forward. He’s already booked his subsequent battle with a showdown scheduled against ex-PFL champion Bruno Cappelozza at the upcoming PFL vs. Bellator card on Feb. 24 in Saudi Arabia.

MMA Junkie initially reported the information.

As of now, the Bellator gentle heavyweight title stays vacant but a restful champion will most possible be topped sometime in 2024.

Undefeated in 10 fights with Bellator, Nemkov ran roughshod over the gentle heavyweight division in conjunction with wins over ex-champion Ryan Bader to boot to beating Corey Anderson and Yoel Romero in again-to-again fights. It changed into as soon as after the comprise over Romero that Nemkov revealed plans to switch as much as heavyweight since the weight in the good deal of getting down to 205 pounds changed into as soon as factual getting too refined.

Nemkov will apply through on that promise with his return to heavyweight kicking off the battle schedule in 2024.

The Russian has competed at heavyweight in the previous — most notably as phase of the RIZIN Substantial Prix where he in fact suffered a loss to future UFC champion Jiri Prochazka in the semifinals.

Now he’ll return to his previous stomping grounds with plans to call heavyweight his dwelling for the future.

There’s no notice yet when Bellator will switch forward with crowning a restful gentle heavyweight champion however the promotion is scheduled to consume several events internationally in 2024 after PFL bought the promotion.

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