In the evening’s featured bout, Koreshkov battered away at McDonough for the entirety of the 15-minute affair, earning a judges’ decision with scores of 30-27, 30-27 and 30-27.
Koreshkov pursued his opponent for most of the opening round, landing a series of looping punches as McDonough backpedaled. McDonough shot in for takedowns, but was unable to secure the fight to the ground.
Koreshkov landed a spinning back kick to McDonough’s face in the second round, and he continued battering away with a mixture of strikes throughout. McDonough had little to contribute in terms of offense.
Shortly after the beginning of the third round, McDonough again shot in for a takedown, only to have to have it stopped again. Koreshkov then reversed position and placed McDonough on his back, where he ensued the ground and pound.
Referee John McCarthy returned the fight to the feet after a time of little action. Once standing, McDonough ate a left hook before finally securing a takedown just as the final round ended.
With the win, Koreshkov becomes a two-time winner of the Bellator tournament, and will next face welterweight champion Douglas Lima for the title.
In the evening’s co-main event and Bellator middleweight tournament final, Brandon Halsey stopped Brett Cooper with an armbar to get the submission win in the first round.
Halsey secured the single-leg and dragged his opponent to the ground to work from side control. After some transitioning, Halsey battled with Cooper to secure his arm in an attempt to apply a submission.
After another transition, Halsey applied the belly-down armbar, forcing Cooper to tap out at 2:09 of the opening round.
With the tournament win, Halsey earns a shot at the Bellator middleweight title currently held by Alexander Shlemenko.
Karo Parisyan officially started a win streak with his second consecutive victory, beating Phil Baroni in the first round of the opening main-card fight of the evening.
Parisyan backed Baroni against the cage, carefully measuring punches and finding the right opportunity to strike. Baroni fell to the ground, following a barrage of punches from his foe, and Parisyan followed that up with consecutive strikes to the head.
Baroni attempted to get back to a standing fight, but Parysian overwhelmed him before the ref stepped in to stop the bout at 2:06 of the opening round.
Liam McGeary wasted no time in his light heavyweight tournament semifinal fight, stopping Egidijus Valavicius in the first round of their bout.
McGeary pressured his opponent against the cage, battering him with knees and punches before the referee put a stop to the contest at 2:10 of the opening round.
McGeary will now face Kelly Anundson in the light heavyweight tournament final.
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