The weigh-ins have been completed and all fighters are ready to return to action. Bellator 244 takes place Friday, August 21 from inside the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT.
Only one fighter didn’t make weight. The main event will be Ryan Bader defending the Bellator Light Heavyweight Title against Vadim Nemkov.
Bader (27-5, 1 NC) joined Bellator in 2017 following a 15-5 record in the UFC. The Ultimate Fighter 8 winner won the Bellator Light Heavyweight Title in his Bellator debut in 2017, beating Phil Davis at Bellator 180. He defended the title a few months later against Linton Vassell, beating him via TKO. Following that win, Bader moved up to heavyweight and competed in the Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix, winning the Bellator Heavyweight Title. He was supposed to fight Nemkov on May 9. The event was postponed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.
Nemkov (11-2) is currently on a six-fight win streak. The four-time Sambo World Champion made his Bellator debut in 2017, beating Philipe Lins via knockout. He would later beat Liam McGeary, Phil Davis, and Rafael Carvalho, the last bout coming back in October.
Check out the ceremonial weigh-ins for Bellator 244 via the above video!