Bellator 82 Tale of the Tape: Andrey Koreshkov (-160) vs. Lyman Good (+130)

Event: Bellator 82 Matchup: Andrey Koreshkov (-160) vs. Lyman Good (+130), Bellator Season 7 Welterweight Tournament Final Location: Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan Time: 8 p.m. (ET) How to watch:, MTV2 Andrey KoreshkovTALE OF THE TAPE: THE FAVORITE Name: Andrey “Spartan” Koreshkov (-160) MMA Record: 12-0 Bellator Record: 4-0 Age: 22 Nationality: Russian Height: 6-0 Weight: 170 pounds Style: Striker Camp: RusFighters Sport Club Strengths: Undefeated, youthful, knockout power, explosive and unpredictable striking, offensive Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Weaknesses: Grappling, defensive BJJ Last 5 Fights: W – Marius Zaromskis (KO), W – Jordan Smith (UD), W – Derrick Krantz (TKO), W – Tiawan Howard (KO), W – Kyacey Uscola (TKO) Notable Career Wins: Marius Zaromskis (KO), Jordan Smith (UD), Kyacey Uscola (TKO) Notable Career Losses: None Notable Career Achievements: None Keys to Victory: Use aggressiveness and explosiveness, attack Good on the feet, stuff the takedown TALE OF THE TAPE: THE UNDERDOG Name: Lyman “Cyborg” Good (+130) MMA Record: 14-2 Bellator Record: 7-2 Age: 27 Nationality: American Height: 6-0 Weight: 170 pounds Style: Karate/Ground and Pound Camp: Team Tiger Schulman Strengths: Championship experience in Bellator, size, toughness, knockout power Weaknesses: Takedown defense, injuries Last 5 Fights: W – Michail Tsavrev (TKO), W – Jim Wallhead (UD), W – LeVon Maynard (KO), L – Rick Hawn (SD), W – Chris Lozano (UD) Notable Career Wins: Jim Wallhead (UD), Chris Lozano (UD) Notable Career Losses: Ben Askren (UD), Rick Hawn (SD) Notable Career Achievements: First-ever Bellator Welterweight Champion (zero successful title defenses) Keys to Victory: Get the takedown, drag the fight into deep waters, keep it gritty FIGHT BREAKDOWN, PREDICTION, PICK & BET Fight Breakdown: Former Bellator World Welterweight Champion Lyman Good is one win away from getting the chance to reclaim the belt he once wore. Since losing his strap, Good is 4-1 with two knockout wins, and the lone loss coming via split decision to No. 1 contender Rick Hawn. Good looked mighty impressive in his last fight, stopping Russian Michail Tsarev, and if he can get by another Russian in Andrey Koreshkov, he’ll get the chance to prove he’s still one of the best welterweights in the world by fighting for the Bellator world title once again. But it won’t be easy. Koreshkov is on a roll right now, having scored the biggest win of his young career in his last outing when he knocked out former DREAM welterweight champion Marius Zaromskis in the first round. He is an exceptional striker and has the power in his limbs to knock out anybody out there. Against Good though, he faces the sternest test of his career, as the American has never been knocked out in his career. Can Koreshkov be the first man to do it? Well, he’ll have to be if he wants his hand raised, because if this fight hits the floor, it’s very difficult to imagine a way Koreshkov will beat Good. Fight Prediction: I see Lyman Good getting the takedown and grinding out a unanimous decision victory. There’s no point of him taking the risk to stand with Andrey Koreshkov, and Good is a smart fighter, so he knows what to do here to get the win and move one step closer to reclaiming his gold. Adam’s Pick: Lyman Good (+130) via unanimous decision but make sure to check the latest MMA odds. Adam’s Recommended Play: I like Lyman Good a lot in this fight, and I think there’s some good value on him at +130. Scoop up this price while you still can.

Written by Adam Martin.

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