By Josh Reese
Tonight kicks off the season 7 Welterweight tournament, at the end of the season one man will be left standing and receive a check for a 100,000 grand and a date with either Karl Amoussou season 6’s Welterweight winner or with the champ Ben Askren, which we should find out the before the end of the year.
Breaking down the Bellator Welterweight tournament
Lyman Good (12-2) vs. Jim Wallhead (23-6)
Good, Bellator’s first Welterweight champion will face his toughest test in Wallhead. Good’s first loss in the sport was to current Bellator champ Ben Askren, but not even Askren has the experience and the names that Wallhead has beaten. Wallhead an original Light Heavyweight is much bigger (frame wise) than Good, Wallhead has beaten former Strikeforce, UFC vets. Although both men’s last loss was too Rick Hawn for each both losing by way of decision, Good at least took home a split decision loss.
Wallhead wins via Decision
Michail Tsarev (23-2) vs. Tim Welch (9-3)
Tsarev is a bit of an unknown a young Russian fighter has spent his whole career in Russia. Tsarev has an outstanding record and with 23 wins 21 have been finishes, he has yet to be knocked out. Welch has a very deceiving record although he has 9 wins, the last 3 wins he has the fighters had a combined 36 losses. If the lights, cameras and fighting outside of his home country for the first doesn’t affect Tsarev then he should roll.
Tsarev wins via 1st round submission
Jordan Smith (17-3-1) vs. Andrey Koreshkov (10-0)
Smith will compete in his second Welterweight tournament and will look to go farther this time after being stopped in 20 seconds by David Rickels. Koreshkov will fight in the tournament for the 1st time but he has rolled in pervious competition finishing all of his fights 7 KO’s and 3 Sub’s. It should be bad news for Smith again, back to back tournament losses.
Koreshkov wins via 1st round KO
Marius Zaromskis (18-6-1NC) vs. Nordine Taleb (8-1)
Zaromskis will have the edge in experience having fought in Dream, StrikeForce and Bellator but when ever faced with a top notch guy he has lost. Taleb comes out of the famed Tri-Star gym and has no doubt learned and rolled with the best, a guy with heavy hands with 6 of his 8 wins coming by way of TKO. Zaromskis could have edge if it goes to a decision an experienced fighter, but if it is to be a finish Taleb has the power to put him away.
Taleb wins 2nd round TKO
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