Bellator 206 Results: Lima Puts Koreshkov to sleep
In the first round of Bellator’s Welterweight Grand Prix, Douglas Lima drew Andrey Koreshkov in a rubber match to settle the score between the two former champions. The match proved to be a chess match, with neither fighter relenting until a bit of magic from Lima in the fifth and final round.
The match started in tentative fashion with Lima stalking Koreshkov around the cage, pawing with jabs and chopping leg kicks. Early and often throughout the first four frame, Lima looked to initiate grappling exchange but was at an obvious strength disadvantage, only managing to plant Lima to the canvas once in a handful of attempts. The duo continued to jockey for position heavily for the first round rounds of the fight making for what was sure to be unpredictable scorecards heading into the fifth and final round.
Going into the final frame, Lima seemed to be the fresher fighter of the two. Right back to stalking Koreshkov around the octagon but throwing with a higher volume of output that any of the previous four. He connects early with a headkick that looks to have Koreshkov hurt but Lima stays patient and looks for his opportunity and finally finds it. Koreshkov shoots for a takedown from far outside and Lima sprawls hard, whipping around to Koreshkov’s back where he begins head hunting with ground and pound until finding the right opportunity to sink in hooks.
Seconds after sinking in his hooks, Lima was fully locked into a rear-naked choke that had Koreshkov sleeping in seconds with under two minutes left to go in the fifth and final round. With the submission win, Douglas Lima becomes the first fighter to advance to the second round of the Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix picking up his 26th finish (13th by submission) in the process.