Bellator Adds Pair Of Tourney Finals To July Event

Bellator Adds Pair Of Tourney Finals To July Event

Two tournament finals will take place at Bellator 122 in July, as the middleweight and welterweight division find out future title challengers.

Set for July 25 from Temecula, California and the Pechanga Casino and Resort, Brett Cooper will face Brandon Halsey at middleweight and Andrey Koreshkov faces Adam McDonough at welterweight.

Alexander Shlemenko currently holds the Bellator 185-pound title, while Douglas Lima is the reigning 170-pound champion. Cooper and Halsey were scheduled to meet earlier this year, but a back injury to Cooper forced the postponement.

Cooper is coming off a second round knockout victory over former UFC fighter Kendall Grove and previously advanced to the finals of a Bellator tournament.

“My injury was a setback, but with some time off I feel great heading into this fight,” Cooper said. “I am stronger and couldn’t be more excited to get back into the cage. I’m looking forward to winning another tournament and getting another shot against Shlemenko.”

Halsey is a perfect 6-0 in his career, finishing three of his opponents. He advanced with a decision victory over Joe Pacheco.

McDonough hasn’t lost in 11 pro fights, including tourney wins over Jesse Juarez and Nathan Coy, while Koreshkov topped Nah-Shon Burrell and Justin Baesman to position himself in the finals.

“Andrey Koreshkov is one of the best Welterweights in the world and I’ve got a lot of respect for him, he is an exciting fighter and dynamic finisher,” McDonough said. “However he is standing in the way of me getting one step closer to the belt. I can assure you Bellator MMA fans are not going to want to miss this fight!”

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