Ryan Bader vs. Vadim Nemkov is focused to be rebooked at Bellator 244.

The Bellator heavyweight and light-weight heavyweight champion, Bader (27-5 MMA, 5-Zero BMMA) will defend his 205-pound title in opposition to Nemkov on Aug. 21 at Mohegan Solar Area in Uncasville, Conn. – pending paperwork finalization.

Sources with information of the state of affairs confirmed the reserving to MMA Junkie after an preliminary report from Russian reporter Alexey Safanov on Wednesday. They requested to stay nameless because the promotion has but to make an official announcement.

Previous to Bellator shutting down due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the matchup initially was scheduled for Could 9 at SAP Middle in San Jose. The occasion will mark the third card the promotion has held since its day without work.

Bader competed at heavyweight in his 4 most up-to-date bouts. After he earned back-to-back victories at 205 kilos, Bader entered the Bellator heavyweight grand prix in 2018. He received three fights within the event, together with a end of Fedor Emelianenko, to assert the heavyweight title.

Final September, Bader’s most up-to-date outing was the primary no contest of his profession. In opposition to veteran heavyweight Cheick Kongo, Bader retained his title after an inadvertent eye poke.

As for Nemkov (11-2 MMA, 4-Zero BMMA), the surging Russian challenger has quietly climbed up the divisional ladder. Nemkov has earned three finishes in 4 promotional outings, with wins over PFL event winner Philipe Lins, former Bellator title contender Linton Vassell, and former Bellator champions Liam McGeary and Phil Davis.