A More Confident Koreshkov Returns To Bellator 219
While it may not be the opponent he started training for, Andrey Koreshkov is ready for his return to the Bellator cage on Friday, March 28th at Bellator 219.
In the six months since his Bellator 206 loss to Douglas Lima, Koreshkov has reflected on what went wrong in their second career showdown.
“I underestimated Douglas and his ability to prepare for that fight,” Koreshkov told FIGHT SPORTS prior to fight week. “Because of that, I started making technical mistakes, I rush too much… I wasn’t confident as I always had been.”
Koreshkov believes he either psyched himself out prior to fight night with overthinking his game plan or that he was still haunted by a knockout loss from Lima in 2016.
“I cannot tell you for sure (why he felt unconfident heading into Bellator 206), but like every fighter before a fight, I got nervous. Fighters picture themselves in the fight, and while I was doing that I may have let myself think that I could lose this fight.”
While the losses to Lima hurt his chances at becoming welterweight champion for a second time, the “Spartan” has taken them as lessons for his next opportunity against Mike Jasper at Bellator 219.
“All the losses, if you think about them and you put the right energy towards them, they are like your teachers,” Koreshkov explained through an interpreter.
“They make you stronger… I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about those losses and they just made me stronger, they made me more confident in myself. I will not make the same mistakes in the future.”
While Mike Jasper would not be considered the same caliber of a Douglas Lima, Koreshkov refuses to take him lightly on March 29th, especially when he was training to face Lorenz Larkin.
“I had a very hard and intensive camp (preparing for Larkin), and I never try to underestimate my opponents,” the former champion told FIGHT SPORTS. “When I prepared for fights, I never have ‘weak’ camps. All of my camps are hard.”
“I was preparing for (Larkin) and my training camp was almost over when I found out that Lorenz was injured and that I had a different opponent.”
While Jasper has an impressive 69% knockout rate, this is a major step up for the 35-year old fighter, who looks to move down from light heavyweight to welterweight. Koreshkov has only been knocked out once as a pro, when he lost to Lima for the first time in 2016.
Koreshkov is in a featured fight on the card for Bellator 219 on Friday, March 28th, from the Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California, airing at 9pm ET on Paramount Network and DAZN.
The full card for Bellator 219 is below.
MAIN CARD (Paramount, DAZN 9 p.m. ET)
Saad Awad vs. Brandon Girtz
Shane Kruchten vs. Daniel Straus
Mike Jasper vs. Andrey Koreshkov
Keith Berry vs. Joe Schilling
PRELIMINARY CARD (FIGHT SPORTS, 8 p.m. ET)
Shawn Bunch vs. Dominic Mazzotta
A.J. Matthews vs. David Rickels
Janay Harding vs. Marina Mokhnatkina
Weber Almeida vs. Johnny Soto
Joshua Jones vs. Darren Smith Jr.
Johnny Cisneros vs. John Mercurio
Ricky Furar vs. Roman Puga
Kelvin Gentapanan vs. David Pacheco
Eugene Correa vs. Sunni Imhotep
Marcus Anthony vs. Joey Davis
Dalton Rosta vs. Cody Vidal