Koreshkov welcomes Henderson at Bellator 153
By Edward Carbajal
Bellator 153 displayed a perfect example of what it means when a fighter makes his opponent fight his fight. Andrey Koreshkov not only welcomed Benson Henderson to Bellator MMA but he also let it be known that his title isn't one to be taken lightly.
Henderson a former WEC champion, former UFC champion was allowed to pick his first fight in his new home at Bellator. Henderson picked the absolute toughest fight he could find in Koreshkov and it was a true test to gage the talent at what fans consider the second best promotion in MMA. The first being Henderson’s former home at the UFC but at Bellator 153, not only was Henderson testing free-agency but his chin would get tested as well.
From the first round it seemed Henderson wanted to see if he could beat a Bellator champion at his own game. Koreshkov put on what seemed to be a stand-up striking MMA clinic as a result of Henderson attempting to trade blows. The first two rounds saw Koreshkov drop Henderson a few times, the Bellator newcomer and MMA veteran seemed durable enough to survive the onslaught.
By round three, and the championship rounds Henderson seemed to use any strikes that landed and rolled with them to lull Koreshkov into a false sense of security and bait a take-down. If that was the case only Henderson knows but regardless, it didn’t work. Koreshkov was having none of Henderson on the ground and denied all attempts to bring the fight there. The Russian fighter would defend his title winning by unanimous decision.
Henderson may have had more ways to win on paper, but Koreshkov didn’t pay any mind to those notes. See the Bellator 153 card results below:
Andrey Koreshkov def. Benson Henderson via unanimous decision (50-45 x3)
"Pitbull" Freire vs. Henry Corrales via submission (guillotine) (R2, 4:09)
"Cyborg" Santos def. Brennan Ward via submission (heel hook) (R1, :30)
Michael Page def. Jeremie Holloway via submission (toehold) (R1, 2:15)
Brent Primus def. Gleristone Santos via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
Djamil Chan def. Richard Patishnock via first-round TKO (3:09)
Chris Honeycutt vs. Matt Secor via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-25, 30-27)
Mike Zichelle def. Joe Cronin via submission (rear-naked choke) (R1, 1:25)
Matt Bessette def. Keith Richardson via second-round TKO (3:14)
Edward Carbajal is a contributing writer for MMA at Page2sports.com and Frontproof Media. You can follow Edward on Twitter @Carbazel or at his website TheBlogBoardJungle.com. Check out his podcast on Spreaker.