Spike TV will be hosting an exciting Bellator fight card as the Lightweight Title and Welterweight Belt are on the line, plus the light heavyweight and heavyweight tournament finals. The exciting card takes place at the Santa Ana Star Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The fights kick off July 31, 2013 on TV at 7 p.m. EST, 6 p.m. CST.
Michael Chandler looks to defend his belt against David Rickels. The Undefeated Ben Askren looks to continue his domination of Bellator Welterweights as undefeated challenger Andrey Koreshkov looks to dethrone the Olympian. Jacob Noe and Muhammed Lawal will battle in a Light heavyweight tournament finals and Ryan Martinez will fight undefeated Vitaly Minakov in the heavyweight tournament finals.
Askren will be defending his title for the fourth time since winning the welterweight championship. The Missouri University graduate finished his last opponent (Karl Amoussou) in impressive fashion via TKO. Due to the brutal ground and pound by Ben “Funky” Askren, Amoussou wasn’t allowed to begin the fourth round after doctors called the fight while checking him in between rounds.
The 2008 Olympian battles one of his toughest opponents in his career on July 31, 2013, when he enters the cage against 13-0 Andrey Koreshkov. The Russian fights out of RusFighters Sports Club. The “Spartan” Koreshkov stands in at six feet tall, owning two inches on Askren who enters the cage at five feet ten inches. Koreshkov has an impressive record for his age of twenty two years old, with 8 of those victories coming by the way of (T)KO.
“Funky” Askren trains out of Roufusport in Milwaukee with some of UFC’s best fighters including Anthony Pettis, Erich Koch, and world renowned trainer Duke Roufus. As the 2-time NCAA division one wrestling champion continues to improve his striking skills, which was extremely effective in his last title defense, expect the Olympic wrestler to use his superior grappling to neutralize his young opponents effective striking.
The Brew City fighter is six years the elder and has the greater experience in high level international competition. Expect the Russian to try and keep his distance so he can apply his striking from his feet, while resorting to the only possible chance for him to defeat the crowned champion. The Wisconsin Arrowhead High School graduate will apply pressure immediately, which will resemble his first 11 bouts.
As the Packer nation fighter sets up his takedown, he will control his foe from the ground delivering his aggressive ground and pound. He is also very easily capable of finishing the fight by submission with his overwhelming grappling.
Expect Ben “Funky” Askren to maintain at the top of his weight class in Bellator. If Koreshkov can keep his feet under him, he should assume an early ending to his title shot.
Prediction: Ben Askren ends his opponents winning streak and title contentions after a second round submission. The submission will be setup by fists of glory raining down on his challenger after being brought to the ground from a quick takedown.
Catch the Bellator championship bouts on Spike TV at 7 p.m. EST, 6 p.m. CST. Hosting two title fights and two tournament finals, the fans filling the Santa Ana Star Center are in for a historic Bellator fight card.