Andrey Koreshkov beat Lyman Good to the punch. | Keith
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.
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
Koreshkov punched his ticket to a Bellator
title shot at 170 pounds.
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
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
Bellator Season 6 welterweight tournament
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
Rickels offense in all positions earned him
the unanimous decision win.
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
Marshall KOs Hose in 22 Seconds
Former World Extreme Cagefighting champion
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.
Doug Marshall made Kala Hose his latest
‘knock dead’ victim.
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
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).
Sarnavskiy stifled Hervey's high-flying act.
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
Takedowns, a suffocating top game and some mild
ground-and-pound carried two-time Olympic wrestling hopeful
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).
Chad Coon saw a bunch of takedowns.
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
Bunch sapped what remained of his overmatched foe’s hopes in the
third round, where he delivered another takedown and scored with
Santana Kneebar Submits Seguin; Davinney KOs Van Buren
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;
Czarnecki captured a unanimous verdict over longtime rival
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
Santana took a leg home for a change instead.