Douglas Lima Taps Andrey Koreshkov To Advance In Welterweight Grand Prix

Lima surges past Koreshkov at #Bellator206 to advance in this tournament.

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The first fight in the Bellator welterweight tournament is in the books as the first opening-round bout was between Andrey Koreshkov vs. Douglas Lima.

As seen on the main card of Bellator 206 that went down on Saturday night (September 29, 2018) at the SAP Center in San Jose, California on their new streaming service home, DAZN, Lima defeated Koreshkov by fifth-round submission. This wasn’t a barnburner by any means, but it was the best fight out of the trilogy series between these two fighters, which wasn’t hyped much going into this bout.

In round 1, Koreshkov went for two big takedowns but Lima continued to stop them and turn it into clinching up against the cage, which led to the arena erupting in a chorus of boos as a result. Koreshkov was trying like crazy to take Lima down, but he’s unable to despite his best effort.

The second round starts with patience from each fighter with kicks still being exchanged before Koreshkov attempts a takedown that is defended. Just like the first round, the crowd was booing quite a bit for the lack of action. Not much action on the feet outside of a kick from each every now and then. Late in the round, Lima begins to open up with his punches as he goes to the body then the head. Koreshkov engages as he finds the clinch and pushes Lima to the cage.

Round three starts after Lima stumbles after a leg kick (that he threw) which leads to Koreshkov getting him tied up in the clinch. It was clear that Koreshkov was pursuing the takedown despite hearing the crowd’s annoyance. What was clear was the fact that Lima has neutralized Koreshkov’s offense with those nasty leg kicks. Koreshkov has a hematoma on his left leg. In round 4, Koreshkov nearly gets a takedown but the Brazilian stuffs him, and they go back to the clinch against the cage. Once the round hits the 10-second mark, Lima stuns Koreshkov with a right hook to the head.

The fifth and final round, Lima was the clear aggressor. Each land when they throw but Lima’s shots were more in bunches. Later in the round, A low single leg from Koreshkov leads to a sprawl, and Lima begins to land solid strikes, which would allow him to get his back and Lima locked in the rear-naked choke for the win.

Several months ago there were rumors that the Viacom-owned promotion was looking to capitalize on the depth of its welterweight division and thus, there was a ten-fighter welterweight grand prix created.

If you recall, coming into this fight, Lima suffered a unanimous-decision loss to Rory MacDonald at Bellator 192 in January to lose the welterweight title in his latest fight. This loss brought an end to his title reign.

On the flip side, the former welterweight champion was coming into this fight on a two-fight winning streak with wins over Chidi Njokuani by first-round TKO last August and by KO over Vaso Bakocevic back in July.

Bellator President Scott Coker has gone on record in the past by stating that he believes that Bellator’s welterweight division is better than the UFC’s, which is headed by its champion Tyron Woodley. Bellator MMA launched its heavyweight tournament earlier this year and has been a success for the promotion. Lorenz Larkin, Michael Page, Andrey Koreshkov, Jon Fitch, Neiman Gracie, Ed Ruth, and Yaroslav Amosov are also in this welterweight tournament.

Douglas Lima def. Andrey Koreshkov via submission (rear-naked choke) at 3:04 of R5

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Douglas Lima Not Focused on $1 Million Prize in Bellator Grand Prix

Douglas Lima would rather focus on his third fight with Andrey Koreshkov before daydreaming about the $1 million prize. Lima vs. Koreshkov III will be the first Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix bout. It’ll take place tonight (Sept. 29) on the mai…

Douglas Lima would rather focus on his third fight with Andrey Koreshkov before daydreaming about the $1 million prize. Lima vs. Koreshkov III will be the first Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix bout. It’ll take place tonight (Sept. 29) on the main card of Bellator 206. Headlining the card will be a “super fight” between middleweight […]

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Bellator 206 Live Stream & Results Tonight (Sept. 29)

Tonight (Sept. 29) the Bellator 206 results will roll out live. The event will be held inside the SAP Center in San Jose, Californa. In the main event of Bellator 206 (see predictions here), middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi will put his title on th…

Tonight (Sept. 29) the Bellator 206 results will roll out live. The event will be held inside the SAP Center in San Jose, Californa. In the main event of Bellator 206 (see predictions here), middleweight champion Gegard Mousasi will put his title on the line against welterweight title holder Rory MacDonald. The co-main event will […]

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Bellator Reveals Opening Round Of Welterweight Grand Prix

The Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix bracket is official.

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The Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix tournament bracket is officially set and will kick off at Bellator 206 on September 29, 2018.

Earlier today (Aug. 6, 2018) Bellator announced the bracket seedings for the welterweight GP via Instagram. But the news didn’t stop there, as they announced Paul Daley as one of the eight men involved in the tournament.

Daley’s participation was in question due to his ongoing contract issues with the promotion, but now that is all squared away, Daley is in.

The bracket breaks down as such:

One one side of the bracket Michael “Venom” Page (13-0) will take on fellow Brit Paul “Semtex” Daley (40-16-2) in a grudge match years in the making. Joining them on that side of the bracket are two former champions in Douglas “The Phenom” Lima (29-7) and Andrey “The Spartan” Koreshkov (21-2).

On the other side of the bracket waits reigning welterweight champion Rory “Red King” MacDonald (20-4) defending his belt against Jon Fitch (31-7-1). The winner of that bout will take on either Neiman Gracie (8-0) or fellow unbeaten prospect “EZ” Ed Ruth (6-0).

It seems Scott Coker has thought this Grand Prix out well after all this isn’t his first rodeo. Yaroslav Amasov (20-0) will fight Lorenz “The Monsoon” Larkin (19-7) with the winner earning the coveted alternate spot should one of the eight participants be unable to compete. It should be noted that reigning UFC double champ Daniel “DC” Cormier won the Strikeforce heavyweight GP as an alternate.

All fights are expected to be five-round affairs regardless of where and when they take place on the card. Perhaps the most interesting thing about this tournament is that the welterweight title will be up for grabs a total of three times. So, in theory, we could see a new 170-pound champion be crowned three more times in 2018.

The welterweight GP kicks off Sept. 29 at Bellator 206 with Daley vs. Page; the event will be the first on the streaming platform DAZN.

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Douglas Lima Preferred Title Rematch Over Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix

Douglas Lima admits the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix isn’t ideal for him. Lima is a former two-time Bellator welterweight champion. Lima put the title on the line against former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 170-pounder Rory MacDonald….

Douglas Lima admits the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix isn’t ideal for him. Lima is a former two-time Bellator welterweight champion. Lima put the title on the line against former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) 170-pounder Rory MacDonald. “Red King” ended up earning a unanimous decision victory to capture the gold. As expected, Lima will be one […]

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Bellator Reveals Lineup For Welterweight Tournament

Bellator announced the lineup for their upcoming welterweight tournament.

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Bellator is set to host a 10-man welterweight tournament that will feature the promotion’s biggest names at 170 pounds.

The bracket features the following names:

  • Yaroslav Amosov
  • Jon Fitch
  • Neiman Gracie
  • Andrey Koreshkov
  • Lorenz Larkin
  • Douglas Lima
  • Rory MacDonald
  • Michael Page
  • Ed Ruth

Bellator President Scott Coker made the announcement official at a press conference for the U.S. launch for streaming service DAZN. MMA Fighting reports that a 10th and final participant has yet to be named.

The first bout of the tournament will take place at Bellator 205 from the SAP Center in San Jose, California on September 29th. It will be a trilogy bout between Lima and Koreshkov as each man holds a win over the other.

On the same card, Rory MacDonald will challenge Gegard Mousasi for the Bellator middleweight championship in the main event. It will be Bellator’s first event airing on the DAZN platform, a streaming service that requires a $9.99 a month subscription.

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