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Bellator 266 live blog: Phil Davis vs. Yoel Romero

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This is the Bellator 266 live blog for Phil Davis vs. Yoel Romero, the light heavyweight headliner for Saturday’s fight card at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif.

Davis, who is tied with Magomed Ankalaev for the No. 11 spot in the MMA Fighting Global Rankings, is a former Bellator light heavyweight champion who’s been trying to reclaim the belt since a loss to now-former champ Ryan Bader in 2017. So far, his only roadblock to that dream has been current champ Vadim Nemkov, who beat him by split decision in 2018 and then unanimously outpointed him in an April rematch. So far, he is 9-3 in the Bellator cage.

Hoping to jump the line in the Bellator title picture is perennial middleweight title contender Yoel Romero, who signed with the ViacomCBS-owned promotion this past December after his release from UFC contract. After his May Bellator debut was delayed due to a medical clearance, he was removed from the Bellator light heavyweight grand prix and rebooked against Davis. Before moving promotions, he went 1-4 in the UFC cage, falling short only to top-tier competition including current UFC middleweight champ Israel Adesanya, who outpointed him in a lackluster decision in March 2020.

Check out the Bellator 266 live blog.