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Bellator 153 results recap, video highlights: Andrey Koreshkov spoils Ben Henderson’s debut with dominant performance

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Bellator 153: “Koreshkov vs. Henderson” took place tonight (Fri., April 22, 2016) from inside Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., streaming live on Spike TV. The main event saw Andrey Koreshkov attempt to defend his Welterweight title for the first time against the debuting Benson Henderson, fresh out of Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) and getting an immediate title shot off his reputation coming in.

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For five straight rounds Henderson searched for answers and was unable to solve the puzzle. Koreshkov’s strongest round was the first, but there was no round he didn’t control. He hurt Henderson over and over with knees, fists and spinning kicks. Henderson would respond by looking for takedowns, but he couldn’t take the bigger and stronger Koreshkov off his feet.

On to the 5th and final round! #Bellator153

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By the fifth round Henderson had to resort to flopping to his back any time he got tagged, praying that Koreshkov would jump on top and let him play the jiu-jitsu game. Koreshkov wisely chose to back away and force “Big” John McCarthy to stand up Henderson, so the strategy never paid dividends. All three judges scored it 50-45 for Koreshkov and for once Henderson didn’t shock the world by outpointing his opponent in a five-round main event.

Jimmy Smith spoke to Andrey Koreshkov and his translator after the fight.

“I knew it from the beginning. My coach Alexander Shlemenko told me that I would win every round in this fight. I won it with him with his help and with the help of my team and all the other teams. I really want to ask you please let my coach Alexander Shlemenko to get in the cage ….View full article

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