Bellator 122: Koreshkov’s Dominance and Halsey’s Rise

Bellator 122 showcased a series of compelling matchups that culminated in a night of decisive victories and emerging talent. The event, which took place on July 25, 2014, at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California, was a pivotal moment for fighters like Andrey Koreshkov and Brandon Halsey, who both secured tournament championships in their respective weight classes.

Andrey Koreshkov vs. Adam McDonough

In the welterweight tournament final, Andrey Koreshkov faced Adam McDonough in a battle that would determine the next contender for the Bellator welterweight title. Koreshkov, known for his dynamic striking, did not disappoint. He controlled the fight from the outset, utilizing a diverse array of strikes that included several spinning kicks to the head. McDonough, who came into the fight undefeated, found himself outmatched by the Russian’s pace and technique. The fight ended with Koreshkov earning a unanimous decision victory, with all three judges scoring the bout 30-27 in his favor[2][6].

Brandon Halsey vs. Brett Cooper

The middleweight tournament final featured Brandon Halsey, an up-and-coming prospect, against the seasoned Bellator veteran Brett Cooper. Halsey’s performance was nothing short of dominant, as he quickly dispatched Cooper with an armbar submission just over two minutes into the first round. This victory not only earned Halsey the tournament championship but also set him up for a potential title fight against then-reigning champion Alexander Shlemenko[2].

Other Notable Fights

Liam McGeary continued his undefeated streak with a first-round knockout of Egidijus Valavicius in the light heavyweight tournament final. McGeary’s victory was a testament to his power and precision, as he managed to maintain his record of winning all fights by stoppage[2].

Karo Parisyan, a judo specialist and MMA veteran, also made his mark on the card with a win over Phil Baroni. Parisyan’s victory added to the overall excitement of the event, which featured only two fights going the distance[6].

Conclusion

Bellator 122 was a night where the theme of dominance was on full display. Koreshkov’s victory over McDonough solidified his position as a top welterweight in Bellator, while Halsey’s quick submission win announced his arrival as a serious middleweight contender. The event set the stage for future title bouts and left fans anticipating the next steps for the evening’s standout performers. With a mix of knockouts, submissions, and tactical battles, Bellator 122 delivered a memorable night of MMA action.

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