Undefeated Andrey Koreshkov Dismisses Lyman Good in Welterweight Final at Bellator 82


Andrey Koreshkov beat Lyman Good to the punch. | Keith Mills/Sherdog.com


Andrey Koreshkov can sit back, relax and wait for his next opponent to emerge. Such are the fruits of his labor.

The unbeaten Koreshkov took a unanimous decision from former champion Lyman Good in the Bellator Fighting Championships Season 7 welterweight tournament final at Bellator 82 on Friday at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mount Pleasant, Mich. The 22-year-old Russian swept the scorecard by identical 29-28 counts, earning a $100,000 payday and an eventual shot at Bellator’s 170-pound crown.

K. Mills


Koreshkov punched his ticket to a Bellator
title shot at 170 pounds.

Koreshkov (13-0, 5-0 Bellator) was a predator on the perimeter, as he ripped punching combinations to the head and attacked the body and legs with kicks. His right uppercut was a Grade-A weapon and floored Good midway through round one. With speed and skill as his hallmarks, Koreshkov routinely beat the Team Tiger Schulmann product to the punch while standing, leaving Good visibly frustrated.

Still, Good did not go down quietly. The chiseled 27-year-old backed up a stout right hand with a takedown in the second round and moved to Koreshkov’s back with little resistance.

From there, he fished for the rear-naked choke, but his efforts went for naught and the Russian escaped back to his feet. Koreshkov tired down the stretch, but he answered a Good takedown in round three with one of his own. He kept the American pinned to the mat for the final 2:05, avoiding a restart with some timely ground-and-pound.

Koreshkov will next face the victor of the forthcoming welterweight title bout between reigning champion Ben Askren and Season 6 tournament winner Karl Amoussou sometime in 2013.

‘The Caveman’ Outduels Fischer


K. Mills


Rickels offense in all positions earned him
the unanimous decision win.

Bellator Season 6 welterweight tournament semifinalist David Rickels scrambled, clinched and struck his way to a unanimous decision over the previously unbeaten Jason Fischer in the 160-pound catchweight co-main event. All three judges scored it for Rickels (11-1, 5-1 Bellator): 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28.

Fischer (5-1, 2-1 Bellator) gave “The Caveman” fits in the first round with his speed and accurate punches, particularly the jab. Rickels established his foothold in the second, as he moved briefly to mount and opened a cut on his foe’s left brow.

The 23-year-old Kansas native carried the newfound momentum into round three, where he dodged a kimura, attacked effectively with elbows from the bottom and threatened Fischer with an armbar. That led to a bizarre exchange in which the Mash Fight Team product stepped on Rickels’ face and neck in a desperate but ultimately successful attempt to free his limb.

“He was definitely game, and I give him mad props,” said Rickels, who plans to set up shop at 155 pounds. “We both landed some good shots.”

Marshall KOs Hose in 22 Seconds


K. Mills


Doug Marshall made Kala Hose his latest
‘knock dead’ victim.

Former World Extreme Cagefighting champion Doug Marshall needed less than half a minute to dispatch Kala Hose in a brief but intense middleweight showcase. Hose (7-6, 0-1 Bellator) met his end 22 seconds into round one.

From the start, the two middleweights fired at one another with reckless abandon. Hose caught “The Rhino” with a thudding knee from the clinch but let his guard down in his haste to follow up. Marshall then clipped the oncoming Hawaiian with a counter left hook and sent a dazed Hose careening to the canvas, his head bouncing violently off the mat. Just like that, it was over.

“Somebody get that man some Advil,” said Marshall, who has now finished six opponents in 69 seconds or less.

‘Tiger’ Sarnavskiy Routs Hervey


K. Mills


Sarnavskiy stifled Hervey's high-flying act.

Russian prospect Alexander Sarnavskiy rebounded beautifully from his first professional defeat, as he cruised to a lopsided unanimous decision over journeyman Tony Hervey in a featured lightweight tilt. All three cageside judges scored it 30-27 for Sarnavskiy (21-1, 1-1 Bellator).

The 23-year-old RusFighters Sport Club representative ran circles around Hervey (15-13, 0-1 Bellator). He struck for half a dozen takedowns and mounted the King of the Cage mainstay on five different occasions. Sarnavskiy set the stage for his rout in the first round, where he grounded Hervey twice and nearly finished him with an armbar.

The defeat snapped Hervey’s modest two-fight winning streak.

Bunch Victorious in Debut


K. Mills


Chad Coon saw a bunch of takedowns.

Takedowns, a suffocating top game and some mild ground-and-pound carried two-time Olympic wrestling hopeful Shawn Bunch to a unanimous decision over Chad Coon in a bantamweight showcase. All three cageside judges scored it the same: 30-27 for the debuting Bunch (1-0, 1-0 Bellator).

Anchored at the American Kickboxing Academy in San Jose, Calif., Bunch struck for takedowns in all three rounds. Coon (0-3, 0-1 Bellator) forced multiple restarts from his back, but, outside of a few leg kicks and a flying knee, he was a non-factor in the 15-minute bout.

Bunch sapped what remained of his overmatched foe’s hopes in the third round, where he delivered another takedown and scored with body-to-head ground-and-pound.

Santana Kneebar Submits Seguin; Davinney KOs Van Buren


K. Mills


Santana took a leg home for a change instead.

Team Oyama’s Giva Santana submitted Brendan Seguin with a kneebar 2:33 into the second round of their middleweight bout; King of the Cage veteran Terry Davinney knocked out Matt Van Buren 15 seconds into round one of their matchup at 205 pounds; Jeremy Czarnecki captured a unanimous verdict over longtime rival Justin Houghton in their featherweight battle, sweeping the scorecards by identical 29-28 marks; John Schulz kept his perfect record intact, as he stopped Hector Garcia on punches from the mount 2:45 into the third round of their catchweight affair; and Razor Fight Team export Mario Navarro submitted Anthony Bain with a triangle choke 3:18 into round two of their featherweight duel. view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.
From Around the Web

Related News

  • 22 days ago
  • 3 views

Bellator's first welterweight champion Lyman Good returns to action, UFC vets David Mitchell and Nah-Shon Burrell earn stoppages, and an unheralded American knocks off another name fighter in Tokyo. read news >>

  • 26 days ago
  • 2 views

Lyman Good despises when fights end in uncertainty. That’s why he’s so bothered his November CFFC welterweight title bout with Jonavin Webb was ruled a no-contest.Filed under: News read news >>

  • 21 days ago
  • 7 views

There was a time very recently when former Bellator middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko thought he was a welterweight.Filed under: Bellator, News read news >>

  • 8 days ago
  • 6 views

A severe cut has forced undefeated Bellator welterweight Michael “Venom” Page off of the Bellator 134 fight card. read news >>

  • 28 days ago
  • 2 views

GLORY is back in action on Feb. 6, 2015, with GLORY 19 from Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Va., airing live on Spike TV at 9 p.m. ET. Once again, the GLORY staple -- a one-night tournament -- will be f read news >>

  • 13 days ago
  • 22 views

While at Bellator HQ Bloody Elbow's John S. Nash had a chance to speak with Simon Inoki of Inoki Genome Federation (IGF) about the future of mma in Japan, pro wrestling shoot matches, and potentiall read news >>

  • 12 days ago
  • 1136 views

UFC Octagon girl Arianny Celeste isn’t one to sit quietly, even when getting called out by the baddest woman walking the planet. During Wednesday’s UFC 184 media event, per MMA Fighting, Ronda Rousey read news >>

  • 11 days ago
  • 3 views

The UFC's welterweight division is a talent-rich collective where the battle to claim elite-level status never slows. Once a position in the divisional upper-tier at 170 is solidified, a fighter move read news >>

  • 6 days ago
  • 1 views

Welcome back, Paul Daley. You punched your own ticket out. But now, you're back on American soil, back on basic cable, back below the brighter sections of the limelight. For fight fans, that's cause read news >>