about ANDREY KORESHKOV
Andrey Koreshkov (Russian: Андрей Корешков, born August 23, 1990) is a Russian mixed martial artist who competes in the welterweight division in the Bellator Fighting Championships. Koreshkov is one of the few Russian fighter, who do not practice sambo and freestyle wrestling.
Koreshkov made his professional debut in October 2010. Prior to his debut with Bellator, he competed exclusively in his native Russia and compiled an undefeated record of 8-0 (5 TKOs, 3 submissions) with none of his fights going to a decision.
The MMA news site Bloody Elbow listed Koreshkov as the top welterweight prospect in their 2012 MMA scouting report. In January 2012, it was announced that Koreshkov would make his U.S. debut for Bellator Fighting Championships. In his debut, Koreshkov faced Tiawan Howard on March 30, 2012 at Bellator LXIII. He won via KO in the first round.
Andrey next faced Derrick Krantz on May 18, 2012 at Bellator LXIX. He won the fight via TKO in the third round. Andrey then faced Jordan Smith on September 28, 2012 at Bellator LXXIV. He defeated Smith after 3 rounds, earning Koreshkov won a unanimous decision victory.
In the semifinals of the tournament, Koreshkov won via Technical Knockout, defeating Marius Zaromskis in the first round. Koreshkov faced Lyman Good in the final of the tournament and won via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28). Koreshkov faced Ben Askren in a bout for the Bellator Welterweight Championship on July 31, 2013 at Bellator 97. He lost the fight via TKO in the fourth round.
In March 2014, Koreshkov entered the Bellator season ten welterweight tournament. He faced Nah-Shon Burrell in the quarterfinal match on March 14, 2014 at Bellator 112. He won the fight via TKO during the first minute of the first round.
Koreshkov was expected to face Sam Oropeza on May 2, 2014 in Welterweight tournament finals at Bellator 118. Oropeza, however, was injured and replaed by Justin Baesman. Koreshkov won via knockout due to a flying knee in the first round.
In the finals, Koreshkov met Adam McDonough at Bellator 122 on July 25, 2014. He won the fight via unanimous decision, securing his second tournament win and title shot.
about ADAM McDONOUGH
Adam McDonough (born September 24, 1985) is an American mixed martial artist who competes in Bellator’sWelterweight division.
McDonough started his professional career in 2007. He fought mainly for Minnesota–based promotions as Brutaal Fight Night and Cage Fighting Xtreme, and also fought once for King of the Cage. After amassing a record of eight victories and no losses, McDonough signed with Bellator. McDonough made his promotional debut against Johnny Buck on September 20, 2013 at Bellator 100. Buck was defeated via TKO due to a spinning back kick to the body and a finishing sequence of punches.
McDonough was scheduled to face Mark Scanlon in the quarterfinal match of Bellator Season 10 Welterweight Tournament on March 14, 2014 at Bellator 112. However, after the removal of Scanlon, Joe Riggs and War Machineciting injuries, the tournament line–up was shifted and McDonough instead faced Jesse Juarez. McDonough won via unanimous decision (29–28, 29–28, 29–28) and advanced to the semifinals.
In the semifinal, McDonough faced Nathan Coy on April 11, 2014 at Bellator 116. He won via knockout early in the second round. In the final, McDonough faced Andrey Koreshkov at Bellator 122 on July 25, 2014. He lost the fight via unanimous decision, resulting in the first loss of his professional MMA career.