Benson Henderson received a rude welcome from welterweight champion Andrey Koreshkov at Bellator 153 on Friday night in Uncasville, Conn.
From the opening bell, it was obvious that Koreshkov was much bigger and had a far greater reach than the former UFC champion. He also had superior timing on this night. The Russian was never in trouble, controlling the fight from bell to bell.
Every time Henderson shot for a takedown to try and bridge the gap… stuffed.
Every time he landed a low kick… Koreshkov countered with a brutal straight right hand or a jumping knee.
Unfortunately for Henderson, most of what could be said for him in this fight is the wonder over how solid his chin was.
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Koreshkov tried to slow Henderson early with lots of body shots, including a straight right hand to the body, which isn’t often used in mixed martial arts.The straight right hand and some brutal kicks to the body didn’t really slow Henderson, but they opened up several other weapons for Koreshkov, who had an answer for anything and everything that Henderson tried.
Although he couldn’t find the finish, the champ’s power was evident throughout the bout, particularly when he landed several jumping knees and thunderous kicks to the body.
He didn’t put Henderson away, but he thoroughly dominated him, winning 50-45 scores from all three judges, keeping the belt firmly around his waist.
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