Russian striker Andrey Koreshkov (18-1) surprised everybody on Friday (July 17, 2015), perhaps even himself, by taking Bellator welterweight champion Douglas Lima (26-6) down again and again en route to a relatively ho-hum victory to claim the belt as his at Bellator 140 from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.
The first round saw Koreshkov open with a leg kick then miss wide with a spinning back kick before shooting for a double leg. Although Lima got back up fairly quickly, another takedown two minutes into the round showed that Koreshkov had every intention of keeping the Brazilian on his back.
Round two was more of the same with Koreshkov using leg kicks and strikes to close the distance, securing a takedown two minutes in. Lima escaped a leg lock attempt and got back to his feet but that didn't last long. By the third round Koreshkov had Lima backpedaling, and although he was landing counter jabs there wasn't much in the way of offence for the champion.
The crowd became restless as Koreshkov scored another takedown a minute into the third, working into half guard before getting swept. Lima's sweeps were impressive, as expected from a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt, but ultimately ineffective as Koreshkov would always regain top control.
The fourth and fifth rounds were more of the same, as Koreshkov found little to no resistance in his takedown attempts. By the final round, color commentator Jimmy Smith was suggesting Lima may be injured given his complete lack of offence and one-punch efforts. The restless Bellator faithful in the stands lustily booed the fighters to close out the fight, which for all of the expectations certainly didn't live up to them in any way, shape or form.
Final decision: Koreshkov def. Lima via unanimous decision (48-47, 50-45, 50-45) to become the new Bellator welterweight champion
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