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.
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
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
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
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
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.