Thursday, November 29, 2012
Bellator 82 Predictions
From over at MMAMania.com:
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"170 lbs.: Lyman Good (14-2) vs. Andrey Koreshkov (12-0)
Lyman Good is one of Bellator's brightest homegrown talents. He was the first Bellator champion, winning three straight bouts in season one to claim the welterweight title. After losing his belt to Ben Askren, he's methodically worked his way back to another opportunity at the strap. In this season, he's battered Jimmy Wallhead on the feet and pounded away at Michail Tsarev on the ground to advance to the tournament finals.
Andrey Koreshkov has long been considered one of the best prospects in any weight class in MMA. He debuted in Bellator with two straight knockout victories and then had to gut through a tough quarterfinal against Jordan Smith in his tournament debut. If there were any questions about his skills, Koreshkov answered them with a vicious first round knockout of former Dream champion Marius Zaromskis in the semifinals.
On the feet, this fight should be close. Koreshkov has better hand speed, kicks and explosion, but Good's pure boxing technique and power should even that out. What will really be a factor in this fight is the ground. Koreshkov had difficulty dealing with Jordan Smith in the quarterfinals and if Good sticks to a similar gameplan as his last fight where he took Tsarev down and batters him, he could at least have a good shot of taking home a decision.
Final Prediction: Lyman Good via decision"