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Andrey Koreshkov vs. Chidi Njokuani Bellator 182 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 8/25/17

Njokuani vs. Koreshkov

Bellator: Saturday, August 25, 2017 (Turning Stone Resort & Casino)

The Line: -- Over/Under: See the Latest Odds

TV: Spike

Andrey Koreshkov and Chidi Njokuani fight Friday in Bellator 182 at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino. 

Andrey Koreshkov enters this fight with a 19-2 record and has won 53 percent of his fights by no knockout. Koreshkov has won six of his last seven fights is coming off a November loss to Douglas Lima. Koreshkov hopes to redeem himself after losing the Bellator Welterweight Championship and hopes to avoid back-to-back losses for the first time in his career. There’s really no surprises with Koreshkov’s game, as he’s an athletic freak who relies on his quickness and striking ability. Koreshkov uses his legs well and has power in both hands that make him effective standing up or with his ground and pound. Koreshkov pounces quickly when he knocks his opponent to the canvas, but his last three victories have come by decision. We’ve also seen Koreshkov get knocked out twice the last few years, so while scary in the octagon, he’s not unbeatable. This will be Koreshkov’s first fight in New York. 

Andrey Koreshkov vs. Chidi Njokuani Bellator 182 Pick, Preview, Odds, Prediction - 8/25/17

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Chidi Njokuani enters this fight with a 17-4-1 record and has won 59 percent of his fights by knockout. Njokuani has won his last seven fights and is coming off a January win over Melvin Guillard. Njokuani hasn’t lost a fight since his 2013 bout with Jeremy Kimball and will fight for the third time since December. Njokuani relies on his athleticism and kickboxing background, as he’s always chopping down the legs of his opponent and has produced four knockouts with either his knees or legs. Njokuani holds his own with punching as well, but he’s always trying to sneak in his leg kicks and can really wear down his opponent with the constant shots down low. Njokuani is also 6-0 in his career in decisions, so history suggests he has to be finished if he’s going to lose. This will be Njokuani’s first fight in New York. 

This is going to be a fun fight between two athletic guys who have similar styles in that they’re better off standing up and unleashing their striking attack. Also, neither of these guys has lost a decision. Koreshkov wants to pressure his opponent and go for the quick knockout, while Njokuani is a surgeon who wears guys down over time with constant kicks. The length of Njokuani could play a huge role here, but I give the edge to Koreshkov because he is the more versatile fighter with a more powerful striking attack and would have the advantage on the canvas. Njokuani will also likely struggle with the pressure and aggressiveness of Koreshkov.

Give me Koreshkov to win this fight.

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