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Corey Anderson Questions: Is Vadim Nemkov Avoiding the Trilogy Showdown?


Vadim Nemkov and Corey Anderson face off
Vadim Nemkov and Corey Anderson

In the high-stakes realm of mixed martial arts, narratives of rivalry and redemption often take center stage. For Corey Anderson, the unexpected turn of events surrounding his anticipated trilogy bout with Vadim Nemkov has left him questioning the motives behind his opponent's decision to move up to heavyweight. Is Nemkov avoiding the trilogy showdown?


Anderson's journey with Nemkov has been a rollercoaster of highs and lows. From their initial clash, which ended in a controversial no-contest due to an inadvertent head butt, to Nemkov's subsequent victory in their rematch, the stage seemed set for a climactic third encounter. However, Nemkov's decision to vacate the Bellator light heavyweight title and transition to the heavyweight division caught Anderson completely off guard.


In a candid interview with The MMA Hour, Anderson expressed his surprise and frustration, emphasizing his belief that a trilogy bout was inevitable, especially after his decisive win over Phil Davis. Anderson's conviction is palpable as he questions Nemkov's motives, stating, 


"Why is he avoiding the fight? Scared money don’t make money."


Nemkov's upcoming bout against Bruno Cappelozza in a non-title matchup only adds fuel to Anderson's suspicions. Despite Nemkov's assertions of seeking new challenges, Anderson remains skeptical, pointing out the timing of his opponent's decision and the apparent inconsistency in his statements.


Anderson's journey continues as he prepares to face Karl Moore for the vacant Bellator light heavyweight title. Despite the disappointment of not securing the trilogy bout with Nemkov, Anderson remains resolute in his belief that he is the best light heavyweight in the world.


As the MMA world awaits Anderson's next move, the lingering question remains: Is Nemkov truly avoiding the trilogy showdown, or is there more to this story than meets the eye?


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