Bellator 297: Nemkov vs. Romero

Completed
MMA Event
Jun 16, 2023
Bellator 297
  • Date: Friday 06.16.2023 at 06:00 PM ET
  • Promotion: Bellator MMA
  • Venue: Wintrust Arena
  • MMA Bouts: 15

Fight Card
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  • KO/TKO, Body Kick, Punches and Knee 0:20 Round 1 of 3
    Postlim
    265
    3 x 5
    #15 add_circle
    Down to 1-2
    Gabriel Sayeg
    Professional MMA
    "Blanka" Nickname
    -500
    (Heavy Favorite)
    Betting Odds
    +340
    (Moderate Underdog)
    30
    +6 mos, 4 wks, 2 days
    Age at Fight 36
    +10 mos, 5 days
    264.0 lbs
    (119.7 kgs)
    Weigh-In Result
    261.0 lbs
    (118.4 kgs)
    6'0"
    (183cm)
    Height
    6'2"
    (188cm)
    74.0"
    (188cm)
    Reach
    N/A
    -
  • KO/TKO, Hammerfists 3:42 Round 1 of 3
    Kyle Crutchmer
    Up to 10-2
    Postlim
    170
    3 x 5
    #14 add_circle
    Down to 12-5
    Bobby Nash
    Professional MMA
    Nickname "Nashty"
    -350
    (Moderate Favorite)
    Betting Odds
    +260
    (Moderate Underdog)
    30
    +1 month, 1 week, 4 days
    Age at Fight 33
    +2 mos, 3 wks
    171.0 lbs
    (77.6 kgs)
    Weigh-In Result
    171.0 lbs
    (77.6 kgs)
    5'9"
    (175cm)
    Height
    6'0"
    (183cm)
    68.0"
    (173cm)
    Reach
    74.0"
    (188cm)
  • Decision, Majority 3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
    Mike Hamel
    Up to 11-5
    Postlim
    155
    3 x 5
    #13 add_circle
    Down to 10-1
    Shamil Nikaev
    Professional MMA
    "Magic" Nickname "The Chechen Wolf"
    +105
    (Near Even)
    Betting Odds
    -125
    (Slight Favorite)
    30
    +10 mos, 4 days
    Age at Fight 28 years
    155.0 lbs
    (70.3 kgs)
    Weigh-In Result
    156.0 lbs
    (70.8 kgs)
    5'9"
    (175cm)
    Height
    5'8"
    (173cm)
    68.0"
    (173cm)
    Reach
    69.0"
    (175cm)
  • Decision, Unanimous 3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
    Karl Moore
    Up to 12-2
    Postlim
    205
    3 x 5
    #12 add_circle
    Down to 10-3
    Alex Polizzi
    Professional MMA
    Nickname "Eazy"
    +100
    (Near Even)
    Betting Odds
    -135
    (Slight Favorite)
    31
    +7 mos, 3 wks, 2 days
    Age at Fight 31
    +5 mos, 3 wks, 4 days
    205.0 lbs
    (93.0 kgs)
    Weigh-In Result
    204.0 lbs
    (92.5 kgs)
    6'3"
    (191cm)
    Height
    6'0"
    (183cm)
    75.0"
    (191cm)
    Reach
    72.0"
    (183cm)
  • Decision, Unanimous 3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
    Timur Khizriev
    Up to 13-0
    Postlim
    145
    3 x 5
    #11 add_circle
    Down to 10-3-1
    Richie Smullen
    Professional MMA
    "Imam" Nickname
    -1000
    (Huge Favorite)
    Betting Odds
    +650
    (Huge Underdog)
    27
    +6 mos, 4 wks
    Age at Fight 31
    +9 mos, 4 wks, 2 days
    145.0 lbs
    (65.8 kgs)
    Weigh-In Result
    145.0 lbs
    (65.8 kgs)
    5'9"
    (175cm)
    Height
    5'9"
    (175cm)
    68.5"
    (174cm)
    Reach
    71.0"
    (180cm)
  • Bellator MMA Light Heavyweight Championship Decision, Unanimous 5 Rounds, 25:00 Total
    Vadim Nemkov
    4
    Up to 17-2
    Main Event
    205
    5 x 5
    #10 add_circle
    Down to 15-7
    Yoel Romero
    Professional MMA
    Nickname "Soldier of God"
    -550
    (Heavy Favorite)
    Betting Odds
    +375
    (Moderate Underdog)
    Champion

    Light Heavyweight
    Title Challenger

    Light Heavyweight
    30
    +11 mos, 3 wks, 6 days
    Age at Fight 46
    +1 mos, 2 wks, 3 days
    203.8 lbs
    (92.4 kgs)
    Weigh-In Result
    205.0 lbs
    (93.0 kgs)
    6'0"
    (183cm)
    Height
    6'0"
    (183cm)
    76.0"
    (193cm)
    Reach
    73.0"
    (185cm)
  • Bellator MMA Bantamweight Championship Decision, Unanimous 5 Rounds, 25:00 Total
    Sergio Pettis
    2
    Up to 23-5
    Co-Main
    135
    5 x 5
    #9 add_circle
    Professional MMA
    "The Phenom" Nickname
    +150
    (Slight Underdog)
    Betting Odds
    -190
    (Slight Favorite)
    Champion

    Bantamweight
    Title Challenger

    Bantamweight
    29
    +9 mos, 4 wks, 1 day
    Age at Fight 35
    +11 mos, 1 week, 2 days
    134.0 lbs
    (60.8 kgs)
    Weigh-In Result
    134.2 lbs
    (60.9 kgs)
    5'6"
    (168cm)
    Height
    5'6"
    (168cm)
    69.0"
    (175cm)
    Reach
    65.5"
    (166cm)
  • Decision, Split 3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
    Corey Anderson
    Up to 17-6
    Main Card
    205
    3 x 5
    #8 add_circle
    Down to 24-7
    Phil Davis
    Professional MMA
    "Overtime" Nickname "Mr. Wonderful"
    -175
    (Slight Favorite)
    Betting Odds
    +145
    (Slight Underdog)
    33
    +8 mos, 3 wks, 4 days
    Age at Fight 38
    +8 mos, 3 wks, 1 day
    205.0 lbs
    (93.0 kgs)
    Weigh-In Result
    206.0 lbs
    (93.4 kgs)
    6'3"
    (191cm)
    Height
    6'2"
    (188cm)
    77.5"
    (197cm)
    Reach
    78.0"
    (198cm)
  • Decision, Unanimous 3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
    Main Card
    265
    3 x 5
    #7 add_circle
    Down to 14-7-1
    Daniel James
    Professional MMA
    Nickname "The American Predator"
    -120
    (Near Even)
    Betting Odds
    +100
    (Near Even)
    32
    +3 mos, 3 wks
    Age at Fight 41
    +5 mos, 2 wks, 2 days
    246.0 lbs
    (111.6 kgs)
    Weigh-In Result
    265.0 lbs
    (120.2 kgs)
    6'3"
    (191cm)
    Height
    6'6"
    (198cm)
    76.0"
    (193cm)
    Reach
    80.0"
    (203cm)
  • Decision, Unanimous 3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
    Prelim
    155
    3 x 5
    #6 add_circle
    Down to 17-7
    Pieter Buist
    Professional MMA
    Nickname "The Archangel"
    -1000
    (Huge Favorite)
    Betting Odds
    +560
    (Heavy Underdog)
    29
    +11 mos, 2 wks, 1 day
    Age at Fight 35
    +3 mos, 2 wks, 1 day
    156.0 lbs
    (70.8 kgs)
    Weigh-In Result
    156.0 lbs
    (70.8 kgs)
    5'8"
    (173cm)
    Height
    6'2"
    (188cm)
    71.0"
    (180cm)
    Reach
    75.5"
    (192cm)
  • KO/TKO, Knee and Ground Punches 1:24 Round 1 of 3
    Prelim
    170
    3 x 5
    #5 add_circle
    Down to 16-5
    Jaleel Willis
    Professional MMA
    Nickname "The Realest"
    -210
    (Moderate Favorite)
    Betting Odds
    +170
    (Slight Underdog)
    26
    +9 mos, 3 wks, 3 days
    Age at Fight 31
    +3 mos, 5 days
    170.0 lbs
    (77.1 kgs)
    Weigh-In Result
    171.0 lbs
    (77.6 kgs)
    6'1"
    (185cm)
    Height
    5'11"
    (180cm)
    73.0"
    (185cm)
    Reach
    74.5"
    (189cm)
  • KO/TKO, Straight Right to Hammerfists 0:46 Round 1 of 3
    Prelim
    185
    3 x 5
    #4 add_circle
    Down to 9-3
    Kamil Oniszczuk
    Professional MMA
    "Magic" Nickname
    -225
    (Moderate Favorite)
    Betting Odds
    +180
    (Slight Underdog)
    23
    +8 mos, 1 week, 3 days
    Age at Fight 26
    +8 mos, 2 wks, 5 days
    185.0 lbs
    (83.9 kgs)
    Weigh-In Result
    186.0 lbs
    (84.4 kgs)
    5'11"
    (180cm)
    Height
    6'3"
    (190cm)
    N/A
    -
    Reach
    74.0"
    (188cm)
  • Decision, Unanimous 3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
    Archie Colgan
    Up to 8-0
    Prelim
    155
    3 x 5
    #3 add_circle
    Professional MMA
    "King" Nickname "El Matador"
    -280
    (Moderate Favorite)
    Betting Odds
    +230
    (Moderate Underdog)
    27
    +10 mos, 3 wks, 4 days
    Age at Fight 32
    +10 mos, 5 days
    155.0 lbs
    (70.3 kgs)
    Weigh-In Result
    155.0 lbs
    (70.3 kgs)
    5'9"
    (175cm)
    Height
    5'9"
    (175cm)
    69.5"
    (177cm)
    Reach
    70.0"
    (178cm)
  • Submission, Americana 4:20 Round 1 of 3
    Jordan Newman
    Up to 6-0
    Prelim
    185
    3 x 5
    #2 add_circle
    Down to 5-4
    Matthew Perry
    Professional MMA
    "Not Human" Nickname "The Carebear"
    -2500
    (Huge Favorite)
    Betting Odds
    +1000
    (Huge Underdog)
    27
    +11 mos, 1 week, 3 days
    Age at Fight 34
    +11 mos, 2 wks, 4 days
    186.0 lbs
    (84.4 kgs)
    Weigh-In Result
    184.0 lbs
    (83.5 kgs)
    6'0"
    (183cm)
    Height
    5'9"
    (176cm)
    73.0"
    (185cm)
    Reach
    70.0"
    (178cm)
  • Decision, Unanimous 3 Rounds, 15:00 Total
    Cody Law
    Up to 7-2
    Prelim
    145
    3 x 5
    #1 add_circle
    Down to 6-5
    Edwin Chavez
    Professional MMA
    -625
    (Huge Favorite)
    Betting Odds
    +400
    (Heavy Underdog)
    28
    +2 mos, 3 wks, 2 days
    Age at Fight
    145.0 lbs
    (65.8 kgs)
    Weigh-In Result
    146.0 lbs
    (66.2 kgs)
    5'9"
    (175cm)
    Height
    5'11"
    (180cm)
    68.5"
    (174cm)
    Reach
    71.0"
    (180cm)

Cancelled & Fizzled Bouts

Additional Event Information

Weigh-In Results

15
W. Gouvea 264.0
261.0 G. Sayeg
14
K. Crutchmer 171.0
171.0 B. Nash
13
M. Hamel 155.0
156.0 S. Nikaev
12
K. Moore 205.0
204.0 A. Polizzi
11
T. Khizriev 145.0
145.0 R. Smullen
10
V. Nemkov 203.8
205.0 Y. Romero
9
S. Pettis 134.0
134.2 P. Pitbull
8
C. Anderson 205.0
206.0 P. Davis
7
D. James 265.0
246.0 G. Saricam
6
P. Buist 156.0
156.0 G. Rabadanov
5
J. Willis 171.0
170.0 Kuramagomedov
4
Jr. 185.0
186.0 K. Oniszczuk
3
A. Colgan 155.0
155.0 E. Sanchez
2
J. Newman 186.0
184.0 M. Perry
1
C. Law 145.0
146.0 E. Chavez

Fight Referees

Kevin McDonald
Jason Herzog
Rob Madrigal
Kevin MacDonald
Kevin MacDonald
Jason Herzog
Kevin MacDonald
Rob Madrigal
Jason Herzog
Mike Cimmarusti
Mike Cimmarusti
Jason Herzog
Mike Cimmarusti

Event Production

  • U.S. Broadcast: Showtime
  • Preliminary Card: YouTube
  • Promotion: Bellator MMA
  • Ownership: Bellator Sport Worldwide, LLC
  • Venue: Wintrust Arena
  • Location: Chicago, Illinois, United States
  • Enclosure: Cage
  • TV Announcers: John McCartney, Josh Thomson, Mauro Ranallo
  • Ring Announcer: Michael C. Williams
  • Promotion Links:
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Tapology Predictions

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1,508 total users made predictions on this event, breaking down as follows below.

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KO/TKO
Submission
Decision
Gouvea
97%
Sayeg
3%
Crutchmer
77%
Nash
23%
Hamel
23%
Nikaev
77%
Moore
63%
Polizzi
37%
Smullen
6%
Khizriev
94%
Romero
21%
Nemkov
79%
Pitbull
68%
Pettis
32%
Anderson
73%
Davis
27%
James
84%
Saricam
16%
Rabadanov
96%
Buist
4%
Kuramagomedov
91%
Willis
9%
Novenyi Jr.
89%
Oniszczuk
11%
Colgan
87%
Sanchez
13%
Newman
98%
Perry
2%
Law
96%
Chavez
4%

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