Bellator 82 kicked off last night and featured a pivotal welterweight bout between Lyman Good and Andrey Koreshkov. Both fighters fought their hearts out, but it was Koreshkov who ultimately was awarded the unanimous decision. Andrey just seemed to get the better of the exchanges on the feet, and even controlled some aspects of the grappling when the fight hit the mat.
With this win, Koreshkov is the welterweight season winner this year, and also will be able to fight Ben Askren for the championship later on down the road.
Also, former WEC light heavyweight champion made his Bellator debut last night against Kala House and delivered an emphatic KO in the first round. Coming into this fight, Marshall wanted to make a statement because it had been years since he had fought in such a big promotion.
Previously, Marshall was champion under the WEC banner, defending his belt twice before being derailed by the heavy hitter Brian Stann. Marshall has been known for his knockout power, and he certainly proved it last night at Bellator 82, knocking House out as he was moving backward.
Marshall is now 15-6 in his MMA career, and he will look to make a splash in the Bellator middleweight division. The current Bellator middleweight champion is Alexander Shlemenko, and he is one of the most experienced fighter under the Bellator banner.
Marshall makes for a great addition to this promotion, and it will be interesting to see if he continue his climb in hopes of challenging Shlemenko for the title.