Koreshkov faced former Bellator champion Lyman Good, who was hoping to secure a spot back in a title fight against Ben Askren, who took the title from him six fights ago.
Unfortunately for Good he will have to go back through another tournament if he hopes to stake his claim to a title shot because Koreshkov was able to slip through with a unanimous decision victory after a back and forth fight through three rounds.
Koreshkov was able to keep Good off balance for the majority of both rounds one and three, landing a nasty uppercut in the first stanza and a solid takedown to control the action in the final five minutes.
When it was over, Koreshkov stood tall as the latest welterweight tournament winner, who now awaits a clogged 170lb title picture to clear up once 2013 begins. Champion Ben Askren must first face last season’s tournament winner Karl Ammousou, and then Koreshkov will be in line for a shot at the belt.
In other action at Bellator 82, former WEC champion Doug Marshall survived a 22 second slugfest with former Elite XC fighter Kala Hose. The two competitors came out swinging with everything they had, but when it was done Marshall was the man left standing.
It marks Hose’s fourth loss in a row and his first fight after more than two years of inactivity.
On the preliminary card, highly touted prospect and former wrestling phenom Shawn Bunch made his MMA debut with a unanimous decision victory to kick off his career.
Here are the full results for Bellator 82:
Andrey Koreshkov def. Lyman Good by unanimous decision
David Rickels def. Jason Fischer by unanimous decision
Doug Marshall def. Kala Hose by KO at 0:22, R1
Alexander Sarnavskiy def. Tony Hervey by unanimous decision
Shawn Bunch def. Chad Coon by unanimous decision
Giva Santana def. Brendan Sequin by submisison (kneebar) at 2:33, R2
John Schultz def. Hector Garcia by TKO at 2:45, R3
Mario Navarro def. Anthony Bain by submission (triangle choke) at 3:18, R2
Terry Davinney def. Matt Van Buren by KO at 15 seconds, R1
Jeremy Czarnecki def. Justin Houghton by unanimous decision