Andrey Koreshkov is on track to recapture the welterweight title following his TKO of Chidi Njokuani. Bellator 182 took place August 25th at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino in Verona, NY with nine undercard fights webcast at Spike.com, five fights broadcast on Spike TV.
Chidi Njokuani tried to keep Andrey Koreshkov at bay with leg kicks but the former champion closed the distance. Koreshkov landed a spinning backfist that knocked Njokuani off balance while follow-up punches and a flying knee set up a takedown for Koreshkov. On the ground Koreshkov secured position then unloaded with punches and elbows for the TKO at 4:08 of the first round. With the win Koreshkov improved to 20-2 with his only two losses being for the title, the first to Ben Askren in July 2013 and the second to Douglas Lima in a rematch that cost Koreshkov the belt he won in their first encounter.
In the co-main event Fernando Gonzalez came from behind after losing the first two rounds to submit Brennan Ward in the third round. Ward took the first two rounds by landing his jab on the feet and ground-and-pound on the mat. The third round looked like it would be more of the same but as Ward shot in Gonzalez slapped on a guillotine choke for the win. Gonzalez now holds a record of 27-14 with his only loss in eight fights or three years being to Michael Page by split decision two fights ago. Ward exited the cage 14-6 with his second loss in a row, 1-3 in the past sixteen months.
Bellator are now off until September 23rd when former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson faces Patricky Freire in San Jose.
- Kristi Lopez vs. Jessica Sotack declared a split draw
- Matt Secor def. T.J. Sumler 4:00 R1 by keylock
- Tom Regal def. Kastriot Xhema 3:21 R1 by KO
- Alex Potts def. Brandon Polcare 3:10 R1 by kimura
- Josh Ricci def. Brandon Warne by unanimous decision
Prelims at Spike.com
- Joey Davis def. Justin Roswell 1:35 R1 by TKO
- Arlene Blencowe def. Sinead Kavanagh by split decision
- Chris Honeycutt def. Kevin Casey 2:06 R2 by TKO
- Kate Jackson def. Colleen Schneider 5:00 R1 by TKO
- Georgi Karakhanyan def. Daniel Pineda 4:05 R2 by TKO
- Henry Corrales def. Noad Lahat by unanimous decision
- Vadim Nemkov def. Philipe Lins 3:03 R1 by KO
- Talita Nogueira def. Amanda Bell 3:44 R1 by rear-naked choke
- Ricky Rainey def. Marc Stevens by unanimous decision
Main card on Spike TV
- J. McKee def. Blair Tugman by unanimous decision
- Bruna Ellen def. Veta Arteaga by split decision
- Fernando Gonzalez def. Brennan Ward 1:02 R3 by guillotine choke
- Andrey Koreshkov def. Chidi Njokuani 4:08 R1 by TKO