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Bellator Signs Top Welterweight Prospect Andrey Koreshkov

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Bellator announced the signing of World MMA top-ranked welterweight prospect Andrey Koreshkov Monday.
Bellator announced the signing of World MMA top-ranked welterweight prospect Andrey Koreshkov Monday.

Less than a day after he was named the top 170-pound prospect in Bloody Elbow's 2011 World MMA Scouting Report, Bellator announced the signing of Andrey Koreshkov to a contract.

A teammate of Bellator No. 1 middleweight contender Alexander Shlemenko, Koreshkov (8-0) will bring his undefeated record to the U.S. for the first time in a major organization. The 21-year-old has never gone the distance, finishing all of his fights in two rounds or less with five T/KO victories to his credit.

From our scouting report:

Though his pankration background might suggest a boxing or wrestling-oriented approach to fighting, Andrey dominates with a high paced assault of kickboxing and submission attacks that is reminiscent of DREAM Champion Gegard Mousasi. It remains to be seen how Andrey's defense will fare against a high level grappler, but his offensive skills are outright devastating in all areas.


No opponent or debut date has been announced and with the 170-pound tournament slate now filled, expect Koreshkov to make his Bellator debut sometime during their sixth season which begins in March.