Koreshkov vs. Larkin at Bellator 229
A bout between former Bellator welterweight champion Andrey Koreshkov and Lorenz Larkin has been re-booked, with the two now set to headline Bellator 229.
Been waiting on this one…
— Scott Coker (@ScottCoker) July 12, 2019
The pair was originally targeted for Bellator 219 in March, but Larkin was forced out of the bout due to injury. Koreshkov defeated replacement opponent Mike Jasper by unanimous decision.
Koreshkov won the Bellator Welterweight Tournament in seasons seven and time, losing his original title shot (and unbeaten record) to Ben Askren before claiming the championship from Douglas Lima at Bellator 140. After a successful defense against Benson Henderson, Kreshkov dropped the title back to Lima at Bellator 164. Koreshkov has won three of four since, with the one loss coming in a trilogy bout with Lima that served as the first Bellator Welterweight Grand Prix bout at Bellator 206.
Larkin joined Bellator in 2017 after runs in Strikeforce and the UFC. In his promotional debut, he challenged Lima for his title at Bellator NYC, losing a decision. After getting knocked out by Paul Daley, Larkin rebounded with wins over Fernando Gonzalez and Ion Pascu in 2018.
Bellator 229 takes place on Oct. 4 at the Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula, California.