Andrey Koreshkov’s return to competition after nearly 11 months at Bellator 203 proved to be worth the wait.
The former Bellator welterweight champion Koreshkov (21-2 MMA, 12-2 BMMA) made short work of Vaso Bakocevic (33-18-1 MMA, 0-1 BMMA) when his spinning back kick to the liver landed and ended the featured matchup just 66 seconds after it begun.
Bellator 203 took place Foro Italico in Rome. The event aired via tape-delay on Paramount.
After long periods of inactivity in his career, Koreshkov said he wanted to make a splash in his return and send a reminder that he’s among the top welterweights in Bellator, especially with the welterweight grand prix set to begin later this year.
The Russian certainly did that, because roughly one minute after his bout with Bakocevic got started, Koreshkov unleashed a nasty spinning back kick to the liver of his opponent. Bakocevic was unable to recover from the blow, and the bout was waved off at the 1:06 mark of Round 1.
With the win, Koreshkov added to his record for most 170-pound victories in Bellator history (12). The 27-year-old also tied fellow former titleholder Douglas Lima and Michael Page for the most stoppage wins in history of the weight class (seven).
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Source: USA Today – MMA Junkie
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