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Koreshkov secures Bellator title shot

Former Bellator 170-pound champion Lyman Good will have to wait another year for a chance to reclaim the title he desperately covets.

Andrey Koreshkov defeated Good by unanimous decision Friday night in Mount Pleasant, Mich., to win the Bellator Season 7 Welterweight Tournament -- a victory that landed Koreshkov a welterweight title shot.

All three judges scored the bout 29-28 for Koreshkov. ESPN.com also scored it 29-28 for the unbeaten Koreshkov.

Koreshkov and Good fought hard throughout the three-round bout, but Koreshkov revealed why his hand was raised after the fight result was revealed.

"Russian spirit," said Koreshkov, a native Omsk, Russia. "It's why all Russian people are so strong, including myself."

But Koreshkov (13-0) utilized more than strength to dominate Good (14-4) on his feet. Koreshkov used repeated hard right uppercuts and left hooks to control the distance, which allowed him to stay out of harm's way while standing.

A right uppercut dropped Good in the first round, but the ex-champ got to his feet quickly. Unable to win the standup battle, Good did damage on the ground. He took Koreshkov down in the second round and nearly secured a rear-naked choke.

But Koreshkov would escape the submission attempt, getting to his feet to land several hard strikes.

Koreshkov now awaits the winner of welterweight champion Ben Askren's title defense against top contender Karl Amoussou in January.

Rickels outlasts Fischer in catchweight bout

David Rickels began his trek to the lightweight division with a 160-pound catchweight showdown against Jason Fischer.

Rickels won the fight by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28 and 29-28), but the judges' scores were not indicative of how close the bout was contested.

Fischer's hand speed allowed him to pepper Rickels with left jabs and straight right hands early in the fight. But the physically larger Rickels responded by closing the gap often and putting his weight on Fischer to slow the action.

Much of the bout was fought on the ground, with each fighter applying submission attempts.

"He was definitely game and I give him mad props," Rickels said of Fischer. "That was a close fight. It was a really good fight. We had good exchanges; we both landed pretty good shots. I'm glad to be back in the cage, going to 155 -- watch out."

Rickels, a former welterweight, improved to 11-1. His only pro loss came in May by split decision against Karl Amoussou.

Fischer suffered the first setback of his young career, falling to 5-1.

Marshall knocks out Hose in 22 seconds

Middleweight Doug Marshall had only one fight plan: throw punches. It was the exact same fight plan his opponent Kala Hose intended to implement.

The two came out swinging as soon as the opening horn sounded, but it was the taller Marshall who would deliver the finishing touch.

A Marshall left hook caught Hose flush on the chin as he moved in with his hands down. The punch sent Hose to the canvas and referee Todd Anderson saw no need to let him absorb another -- stopping the bout 22 seconds after it began.

"This crowd here in Michigan got me so pumped up," Marshall said. ""I had nothing but pure pain and violence for Hose."

The 37-year-old Marshall improved to 15-6. Hose falls to 7-7 as his losing skid extended to three.

Sarnavskiy dominates Hervey on the ground

Lightweight Alexander Sarnavskiy vowed to get back into the win column and do so impressively.

He kept each of those promises with a lopsided unanimous decision over Tony Hervey.

Sarnavskiy dominated every round on the ground, nearly finishing Hervey in the first with an armbar, to make it an easy bout to score.

All three judges had it 30-27 for Sarnavskiy. ESPN.com also scored the bout for Sarnavskiy, 30-27.

Sarnavskiy improved to 21-1. His lone professional loss -- a split decision -- came on Oct. 19 against veteran Rich Clementi.

Hervey, competing for the first time in Bellator, needed to keep this fight on the feet to have any hope of pulling off the upset. But he did nothing to prevent Sarnavskiy from taking him down and keeping him there.

As a result, Hervey slipped to 15-13.