Bellator 153; “Koreshkov vs. Henderson” take place this Friday night (April 22, 2016) at Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn., featuring a main event that will see Andrey Koreshkov make his first-ever Welterweight title defense against former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) champion, Benson Henderson.
Koreshkov won the belt at Bellator 140 in July 2015, outlasting Douglas Lima over five rounds en route to a unanimous decision. In his pre-fight interview, Koreshkov vowed to do “everything possible” to win the gold and made good on that promise.
Henderson, who is making his promotional debut, has made a promise as well — he “expects to be a world champion” under the Bellator MMA banner, too. To that end, the former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) and UFC Lightweight champion has decided to compete at 170 pounds and receive an immediate title shot.
Now that Koreshkov is in the role of champion instead of challenger, he’s looking forward to his first title defense, feeling that his champion status has increased his profile in Russia, which is not something he’ll part with easily.
“My life changed in a positive way. I gained name recognition in Russia and abroad, and so only positive things have been happening since winning this title.”
Recognition is something his opponent Henderson has had a lot of over the last seven years — winning two world titles in that time span. Does that mean Henderson “jumped the line” for his Bellator debut?
“To me it doesn’t really matter, because I really enjoy the opportunity to fight against an opponent with such name recognition. It’s a great opportunity for me to enter the cage with him and to really beat him up — to beat him convincingly so everybody would see that I am a much better fighter than he is.”
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