Bellator 288 is prepped and ready to go down later TONIGHT (Friday, November 18, 2022) at the Wintrust Arena in Chicago, Illinois, with a championship doubleheader. In the main event of the night, Light Heavyweight kingpin, Vadim Nemkov, will rematch Corey Anderson in the Grand Prix Final. Co-headlining the event will be a very intriguing lightweight title fight as Patricky Pitbull puts his 155-pound belt on the line against Usman Nurmagomedov.
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Bellator 288 quick results:
205 lbs.: Champion Vadim Nemkov vs. Corey Anderson
155 lbs.: Champion Patricky Pitbull vs. Usman Nurmagomedov
145 lbs.: Daniel Weichel v Timur Khizriev
265 lbs.: Tyrell Fortune against Daniel James – James via TKO in the second round
170 lbs.: Roman faraldo against Levan Chokheli – Chokheli via unanimous decision
185 lbs.: Imamshafi Aliev against Sean Fallon – Aliev via TKO in the first round (Doctor Interruption)
155 lbs.: Archie Colgan against Jesse Hannam – Colgan via TKO in the first round
185 lbs.: Jordan Newman against Jayden Taulker – Newman via second round submission (guillotine choke)
155 lbs.: Killy Mota against Jairo Pachecho – Mota via unanimous decision
205 lbs.: Sullivan Cauley against Jay Radick – Cauley via first round knockout
145 lbs.: Lard Anderson against Rob Fenicle – Anderson via TKO in the second round
145 lbs.: Isaiah Hokit against Matias Nader – Hokit via TKO in the second round
265 lbs.: Vlad Gouvea vs. Kory Moegenburg – Gouvea via TKO in the second round
Bellator 288 Play By Play:
Champion Vadim Nemkov against Corey Anderson
Champion Patrick Pitbull against Usman Nurmagomedov
Daniel Weichel against Timur Khizriev
Round 1: Both men a little hesitant to start. They exchange a few body kicks, but nothing major. Khizriev’s overhand right is blocked. Weichel eats a clean one-two punch from his enemy. Half way through the opening round. Jab van Weichel and he lunges out with a left hook. Kick to the body lands for Khizriev. Low kick from Weichel, Khizriev comes over the top with a running right hand. Jab van Weichel and a good counter to Khizriev’s right bounces his enemy’s head back. Kick to Khizriev’s body and Weichel enters with a flying knee that catches air. Double jab from Khizriev. 10-9 Khizriev
Round 2: Both come out aggressive and Weichel lands a clean left hook. A one-two punch from Khizriev land. They trade strikes in the middle of the cage, a little more urgency from both men here in round two. Counter right lands for Weichel. Uppercut barely misses its target for Khizriev. Weichel’s attack fails to hit its target, while Khizriev is busy throwing clean shots, but nothing that really hurt his foe. Kick to the head is blocked by Khizriev and he knocks his opponent to the mat. Khizriev kicks the legs, but it’s not enough action for the referee, who returns the fight to the standing position. Double jab splits Weichel’s guard. Another nice jab for Khizriev. Weichel is cut below his left eye. He again tries a flying knee that hits air. 10-9 Khizriev
Tyrell Fortune against Daniel James
Round 1: They touch gloves. Hard low kick from Fortune to get things going. Another but James catches him and sends him to the canvas. Fortune gets up and James grabs him and pushes him against the cage, Fortune turns around. There is a break in action after Fortune kneels his foe in the groin area. Fortune shoots for the takedown as soon as the action resumes, and he gets it. There isn’t much action on the ground. Fortune delivers some shots to James’ side, but nothing seems to hurt him. James is a sitting duck with Fortune on top of him. James tries to get up and Fortune takes his back and sinks into a naked choke. It’s tight and James fights the hands and he reverses position and he starts landing bombs on Fortune to close out the round. Wild! Super close round. 10-9 Fortune
Round 2: James lands a massive uppercut in the opening seconds of round two that drops Fortune! He jumps and starts to let his elbows fly. One after another. The referee gives Fortune time to recover, but he’s seen enough. Wow! What a debut from James!
End result: Defeats James. Fortune via TKO in the second round
Roman faraldo against Levan Chokheli
Round 1: Both men come out swinging and Chokheli goes for an early takedown, and he gets it. Chokheli almost choked, but Faralod escapes. Back on his feet and Chokheli lets his fist fly and he rocks Faraldo for a moment. Chokheli moves in for the takedown, stuffed and a nice judo throw from Farlaldo, landing in mountain position. That was smooth. Farldo starts to let the elbows fly and Chokheli somehow reverses position and he is now on guard. Chokheli doesn’t do much from this position. He gets some space and starts with the ground-and-pound. Faraldo tries to get back up, but Chokheli holds his position. Faraldo scrambles, but he can’t escape his opponent’s tight grip. This was an exciting round, but Chokheli takes it. 10-9 Chokheli
Round 2: Faraldo lands a right hand and Chokheli goes for another takedown, but he’s full. They swing towards the fences, but Chokheli doesn’t like it at all and grabs Faraldo and pushes him against the cage. Chokheli is in the open watch of Faraldo. Chokheli takes Faraldo’s back and is now chasing the rear naked choke. Faraldo escapes, but he eats a kick to Chokheli’s face. Chokheli grabs Faraldo and drags him to the gate, but he eats some elbows on the side of the head due to his trouble. Chokheli with a nice right hand, but Faraldo drops him with a nice right hand and he jumps. Chokheli tries to survive while Faraldo unleashes hell with his fists. He’s out of trouble for now. Faraldo now lands several blows to the side of the head and he gets a point deducted for grabbing the fence. He ends the round with non-stop elbows. He would have won the round if it weren’t for the fence hold. 9-9
Round 3: Faraldo needs a finish because if he wins this round, the fight will be a draw. Faraldo swings hard, but nothing clean comes out. Chokheli fires on the takedown, but it’s loaded again. Both men slowed down quite a bit in the third and final round after throwing a big heat in the first two rounds. Left hook from Chokheli and Faraldo fires back with a clean right hand. Chokheli changes levels and he finally gets knocked out. It’s a critical takedown that will earn him points in the round. Faraldo has to work his way up to try and get the knockout or secure a submission from the ground. Chokheli has a great position and he is not going to let it go. Chokheli gets a warning from the ref to work a little harder. Faraldo works hard to get up, but Chokheli doesn’t budge with one minute left in the fight. The fight ends in the same position with Chokheli on top and Faraldo trying to get to his feet. 10-9 Chokheli
End result: Chokheli defeats. Faraldo via unanimous decision
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