Bellator 82 emanated from the The Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mount Pleasant, Michigan and saw the completion of this season’s welterweight tournament as Andrey Koreshkov and Lyman Good met in the evening’s anchoring bout.
The story of the Bellator Season 7 Welterweight Tournament Finals between Koreshkov and Good cannot be told without the uppercut of the Russian, which seemed magnetically tethered to the face of the former champion, one of which sent him facedown to the ground in the opening period. With the first five minutes behind him, “Cyborg” came out looking to change the complexion of the fight by scoring a takedown, which saw him almost immediately take the back of his opponent, where he’d work for a choke. “Spartan” lived to fight another round, and began replicating the success of the first stanza, again using his uppercut. While the New Yorker was able to complete another takedown, Koreshkov popped up almost instantaneously. Knowing that Good planned to take the bout back down, Andrey scored a double-leg of his own, finishing out the round in the top position. At the final bell, judges rendered a unanimous 29-28 decision for the Russian fighter, who takes home the welterweight tournament crown.
In an instant classic, David Rickels and Jason Fischer went to battle. A slow start from Rickels made it seem like it would not be a good night for “The Caveman”, but he would not give up. The Kansas native rallied back in the second round, damaging Fischer, who would stay in the fight. The final stanza saw “The Finisher” take the top position as Rickels worked off his back, playing rubber guard. A deep armbar from David was released, as Fischer stood on his face, in an atypical counter. “The Caveman” would finish out the period by laying into his opponent with elbows from his back. After 15 minutes, both men’s faces wore bruises masking a look of anticipation, as the judges would render a decision, which would inevitably go the way of Rickels (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).
Doug Marshall and Kala Hose came out throwing heavy leather at each other. When a knee to the body sent “The Rhino” backward, the Hawaiian middleweight ran in recklessly and ate a big left hook that put him down in just 22 seconds.
Alexander Sarnavskiy had little trouble with Tony Hervey, almost finishing him with an armbar in the first period. True to his name, “Lionheart” would survive, but would find himself having his guard repeatedly sliced through for three rounds, almost consistently ending up mounted. “Tiger” outgrappled Hervey for nearly the entire bout, despite a few scrambles from the Detroit native. At the final bell, judges rendered a unanimous 30-27 for the Russian.
John Schulz smothered and pounded on Hector Garcia after a tough start, using his superior wrestling and slicing through his opponent’s guard, pounding him out at 2:45 the final round. Jeremy Czarnecki took a contentious unanimous 29-28 decision over Justin Houghton in a featherweight slugfest. “The Arm Collector” seemed to have expanded his interest to other limbs, taking a kneebar submission over Brendan Seguin at 2:33 of the second stanza in their middleweight bout. Shawn Bunch took a unanimous decision over Chad Coon in a bantamweight tilt that saw the wrestler control the majority of the bout. Mario Navarro took a second-round triangle choke over Anthony Bain in the evening’s featherweight curtain jerker, forcing the tap at 3:18 of the round.
MAIN CARD RESULTS
- Season 7 Welterweight Final: Andrey Koreshkov def. Lyman Good via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- David Rickels def. Jason Fischer via unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
- Doug Marshall def. Kala “Kolohe” Hose via KO (punch) at 0:22 of Round 1
- Alexander Sarnavskiy def. Tony Hervey via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
PRELIMINARY CARD RESULTS
- John Schulz def. Hector Garcia via TKO (strikes) at 2:45 of Round 3
- Jeremy Czarnecki def. Justin Houghton via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
- Terry Davinney def. Matt Van Buren via KO (punch) at 0:15 of Round 1
- Giva Santana def. Brendan Seguin via submission (kneebar) at 2:33 of Round 2
- Shawn Bunch def. Chad Coon via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
- Mario Navarro def. Anthony Bain via submission (triangle) at 3:18 of Round 2