Vadim Nemkov Vs. Yoel Romero Dropped From Bellator 290: Bader Vs. Emelianenko 2

It's unclear why the matchup was cancelled.

Johnny Eblen will replace Vadim Nemkov at Bellator 290. 

Bellator announced on Tuesday that Nemkov’s light heavyweight title defense against four-time UFC title challenger Yoel Romero, that would’ve served as a co-main event, is off. Instead, Eblen will defend his middleweight title against Anatoly Tokov, ESPN reported. 

It’s unclear if Nemkov vs. Romero will be rescheduled to a later date. It’s also unclear as to why the matchup has been removed. 

It’ll be Eblen’s first title defense since winning a lopsided unanimous decision over fan favorite Gegard Mousasi at Bellator 282. He is 12-0 in his pro MMA career and has eight wins under Bellator. 

Tokov is also undefeated with Bellator. In his last fight, he defeated Muhammad Abdullah by first-round TKO. 

While Eblen vs. Tokov will serve as the co-feature, on the forefront is a heavyweight title rematch between champion Ryan Bader and legendary Fedor Emelianenko – a fight that Bellator CEO Scott Coker said that Emelianenko has been asking for as a retirement fight. 

This is expected to be the last bout of Emelianenko’s legendary career. 

Bellator 290 takes place on February 4 at The Forum in Inglewood, California. The card will make its live debut on CBS. 

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