Bellator MMA President Scott Coker had high praise for Welterweight champion, Andrey Koreshkov, after the Russian dominated Benson Henderson last night (Fri., April 22, 2016) en route to a 50-45 unanimous decision victory.
UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Benson Henderson’s (23-7) promotional debut didn’t quite go exactly as he had planned in Bellator 153’s main event last night (Fri., April 22, 2016) inside Mohegan Sun Arena. “Smooth,” Bellator’s newly signed free agent, had absolutely no answer for the current Welterweight champion, Andrey Koreshkov (19-1), who scored a clean sweep on the score cards for a unanimous decision victory.
All three judges scored it 50-45 (watch video highlights here).
Simply put, Koreshkov was just too big. Henderson struggled to get inside of the champion’s reach and his takedown attempts were all thwarted with relative ease over the course of the 25-minute bout.
In fact, it looked like it was about to end in the opening round when 25-year-old Russian from Omsk connected with a flying knee that floored Henderson, but the former Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) Lightweight champion some how held on. For the remainder of the fight, though, it was a one-sided affair in favor of Koreshkov as Henderson could not mount much offense other than a handful of low leg kicks while enduring and absorbing big strike after big strike.
“It was a tough fight,” said Bellator president Scott Coker after the fight’s conclusion. “He took a lot of shots. Even from the very beginning, he looked he was about a foot shorter than Koreshkov. Koreshkov is no joke. He’s got a lot of power. Everything is hard. Hits hard with every shot. You guys saw the fight. It was fairly one sided, so we will see what Benson wants to do next.”
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