Koreshkov talks Shlemenko, his career and the upcoming Road to Abu Dhabi event, December 12, 2015

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Tuesday December 8, 2015– Andrey Koreshkov is no doubt one of world’s best welterweights at the moment. A freshly crowned Bellator welterweight Champion and Pankration veteran, he will be a part of the event on December 12 in Khabarovsk. On top of holding the title, he’s a two time Bellator welterweight tournament winner. He’s coming back to his homeland to put his accolades on display and teach a thing or two. A day before the event he’ll have a seminar in Khabarovsk for all the fans of the sport.

Having won the title in July, he’s waiting for his first challenger. It’s not clear who that might be as there are 2-3 names in the mix, but Paul Daley from UK expressed a wish to be the first.

″It’s possible. Paul Daley is considered a top WW, and he’s my potential opponent. Besides, our fight should be exciting since he’s a striker as myself″

Koreshkov didn’t back down when asked about his next fight. It was he’s second title fight that brought him fame, as he lost the first one against Askren. At the young age of just 22 he stepped in the ring and went head-to-head with one of the most prominent fighters in the division. It didn’t go as planned as he had to surrender in 4th round, but that meant the world to him and his future plans.

″I grew up after this fight. Alexander Shlemenko helped me a lot in that situation. I became much more serious about everything, not just sports. And it helped me to improve. It made me who I am today.″

Alexander Shlemenko, world-class fighter and former Bellator middleweight Champion himself, paved a way for a generation of Russian fighters. Koreshkov is one of them and at the moment the most exposed one. Alexander Sarnavskiy is close, but with the Champion belt in his hands Koreshkov is currently No.1 stallion in Shlemenko’s gym.

″Shlemenko is my role model. I am lucky to have him as my coach and I am trying to follow his footsteps,″ Andrey spoke proudly of his senior. ″There are so many benefits, I can’t name them all. He’s a top athlete, he achieved everything in MMA. He’s a great coach, he gathered everything from all over the world, selected the best things that could work for me in MMA, and he made me a Champion.″

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Before he came to Bellator, Koreshkov had an extensive run in Pankration (MFP). He’s still undefeated on Russian soil (he holds an 18-1 professional career record) from the late 2010 when his professional career started in Vladivostok.

″MFP is my home base. I’m very lucky and happy that my career started there. Promoters were very professional, they are great hosts. Back in 2010, when there were not that many top level shows in Russia, I got a chance to compete for them, to gain my first experiences as a pro fighter. And MFP gets bigger and bigger every year, more and more people become fans of their events. I’m glad that I got a chance to work with them.″ ″Every event is a challenge, every bout brings progress. That makes MFP fighters an experienced veterans, who are ready to fight anyone in the World. Level of promotion gets higher every time. Matchmaking is great. MFP promoters are doing an excellent job.″

AD Warriors fans will have a chance to see things first hand as we bring you the whole event on December 12. Show starts at 7 PM local time. Please check our website for time difference around the World.

″This is going to be a great MFP event in Khabarovsk, in co-promotion with AD Warriors,″ Koreshkov said. ″It is going to be a huge event, with great fights. I’m going to be there. Day before the event I’ll have my master class in Khabarovsk. I would like to take this opportunity and invite everybody to this show. It is going to be awesome, come, support our guys, and cheer for great fights. You will never regret it!″


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