The Bellator 112 event in Hammond Indiana last night saw the opening round of the season 10 Welterweight tournament kick off. Adam McDonough advanced, beating Jessie Suarez; Nathan Coy notched a win over Paul Bradley; Sam Oropeza KO’d Cristiano Souza and Andrey Koreshkov took out UFC veteran Nah-Shon Burrell fast. Two matches went the distance, while two of them ended in the opening round, signalling the the field is wide open.
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Adam McDonough stayed undefeated, moving to 10-0 with a decision over Jessie Suarez, who won one round on each of the judges scorecards.
McDonough will likely face Nathan Coy, who out-struck Paul Bradley convincingly over three rounds to earn the UD, winning every round on every scorecard the judges submitted. Coy looked good in the standup for a guy with a wrstling background, and Coy should be favored in the semi over McDonough.
Sam Oropeza looked big and strong in his win over previously undefeated Cristiano Souza. Souza couldnt hurt Oropeza who stalked until he landed the big punch that crumpled the Brazilian. Souza didnt get a chance to show much, other than that he is undersized for the weight class.
The stand out of the tournament is likely Andrey Koreshkov. Early in the fight, he seemed to land a knee that transitioned into a kick to the ribs that dropped Burrell. Koreshkov smelled blood and went in for the kill. the referee stepped in when it became apparent that Burrell was not doing a good job defending himself. Koreshkov sis his job and as a prior tournament winner, he has to be considered the favorite going into the semi-finals. As for Burrell, it is a shame he didnt get a chance to show more of his skills, as he looks like a talented athlete. Burrell has had trouble putting it all together and notching a decisive win before, and here he did it again.