- Bellator is back again this weekend for Bellator 229
- Andrey Koreshkov looks to make it two wins in a row, facing off against Lorenz Larkin
- See the breakdown, updated odds, and pick for the main event
Bellator MMA is back this Friday, Oct. 4th, in Temecula, California for Bellator 229. In the main event, a key welterweight fight headlines the card with Andrey Koreshkov taking on Lorenz Larkin.
Depending on how Saturday’s fight plays out, the winner could very well earn a title shot. Bellator 229 airs live on Paramount Network and DAZN at 9:00 PM ET.
Andrey Koreshkov vs. Lorenz Larkin Odds
*All odds taken 10/01/19.
Who’s Winning Streak Will End?
Andrey Koreshkov (22-3) is coming off of a decision win over Michael Jasper at Bellator 219 in March of this year. The victory got him back into the win column after a submission loss to Douglas Lima in the opening round of the welterweight grand prix.
The 29-year-old has a plethora of experience in Bellator and is the former welterweight champ. He holds notable wins over Benson Henderson, Douglas Lima, Lyman Good, and Chidi Njokuani.
Lorenz Larkin (20-7, 1 NC) is riding a two-fight winning streak, defeating Ion Pascu and Fernando Gonzalez. The win over Pascu snapped a two-fight skid, in which he was knocked out by Paul Daley and lost by decision to Douglas Lima in a welterweight title fight.
The 33-year-old has competed in the UFC and Strikeforce in his career, beating the likes of Neil Magny, Jorge Masvidal, Santiago Ponzinibbio, Robbie Lawler, and Gian Villante.
Tale of the Tape
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This bout will be a matchup of fighters with similar styles. Koreshkov and Larkin both like to keep the fight on the feet, and both have lost by submission in their careers. Koreshkov is the more technical striker of the two, really picking his shots and systematically dismantling his opponents.
Larkin, meanwhile, has more powerful shots. He will take a punch to give a punch. But I don’t believe that will work against Koreshkov.
The Russian, as he has done to many past opponents, will pick Larkin apart with well-timed, accurate strikes en route to a decision win, or possibly a late TKO finish.
I agree with the oddsmakers that this is a relatively even matchup, but Koreshkov is the better fighter and should ultimately get his hand raised.
Pick: Andrey Koreshkov (-175)
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