My Thoughts From The Bellator 164 Main Card
Bellator took its show on the road again holding Bellator 164: Koreshkov vs. Lima 2 at the Menora Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv, Israel. You can find my thoughts on the main card below:
Douglas Lima def. Andrey Koreshkov via knockout (punch) – Round 3, 1:21
This fight had to be pretty close on the judges scorecards heading into the third round (although with judges, they probably had it scored for Rory Macdonald…judges being judges). I had Koreshkov up two and Lima needing to do something to turn this fight around. Douglas was scoring with great leg kicks, but Andrey was more active, had great counters and threw in some take-downs (especially in the second) to mix things up. Koreshkov looked like he was heading in for the finish in the third when Lima landed a shot that would have dropped a horse. Andrey hit the ground and a couple of the follow-up shots from Douglas put Koreshkov back at Bellator 140 when he was experiencing happier times (that is code for he got KTFO).
Noad Lahat def. Scott Cleve via submission (rear-naked choke) – Round 1, 2:26
Scott Cleve had no shot in the co-main event. He was coming back from a long layoff (2014), fighting a guy in his home country and taking on a dude that had something to prove after being cut from the UFC. Noad hit Scott with a clean right, threatened a take-down and when Cleve tried to escape Lahat took his back and sunk in the rear-naked. It was the most impressive thing I have seem him do since building the ark. That is funny becasue Noad sounds a lot like Noah. It was tap or nap at that point and Cleve didn’t have his blankie so he gave up before he went to sleep.
Georgi Karakhanyan def. Kirill Medvedovski via TKO (injury) – Round 1, 3:40
Kirill Medvedovski did exactly what I would have done after getting beat up by Goergi Karakhanyan (it’s a good thing I don’t have to pronounce those names out loud) for the better part of a round and faked a shoulder injury. Okay, so maybe the injury was real but there is no real way to tell (except with an MRI that I am sure he will have to make my theory wrong and make this entire write-up irrelevant). Either way, Kirill was getting the L and Georgi was walking away with the belt…if a belt was actually on the line.
Lena Ovchynnikova def. Karla Benitez via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Lena Ovchnnikova (I feel like I have to say Gesundheit after writing that even though it wasn’t a sneeze) dominated Karla Benitez to kick off the main card. Lena is one of my favorite fighters to appear in the Tale of the Tape section of our website (I can’t get enough of her straddling the ropes). Tail of the tape is funny because it is similar to tale of the tape but highlights how hot the women of MMA are…yeah, we did that on purpose. Lena was able to light up Karla’s face with crisp jabs and clean kickboxing. She fought the fight at her distance and secured the unanimous decision with ease. Boom shakalaka!!!