Koreshkov vs Lima II to headline Bellator 163 in Tel Aviv
<p>Andrey Koreshkov will put his welterweight title on the line against Douglas Lima in the main event of Bellator 163,<a href="http://bellator.spike.com/articles/k30oiu/bellator-brings-world-championship-mma-to-tel-aviv-israel-in-november"> the promotion announced today.</a></p>
<p>The pair fought back at Bellator 140 last year where Koreshkov beat Lima via unanimous decision to win the belt. The rematch will take place at the Menora Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv, Israel on November 10. The co-main event will feature a featherweight bout between UFC vet Noad Lahat and Scott Cleve.</p>
<p>Follwing his victory over Lima, Koreshkov (19-1) made the first defense of his title against former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson at Bellator 153 where he won a dominant unanimous decision. The 26-year old prospect has won six straight fights including two by knockout.</p>
<p>Lima (27-6) had his five-fight knockout streak snapped by Koreshkov in their initial bout, which was his first fight back since knocking out former Olympian Rick Hawn to win the belt. He most recently faced Paul Daley in the main event of Bellator 158 in July and won a unanimous decision after being away from the sport for a year.</p>
<p>Lahat (9-2) had his 2-2 run in the UFC cut short after losing to Diego Rivas last February at UFC Fight Night 82 via knockout. He announced his signing with Bellator in June. His opponent, Cleve (15-5) is 2-2 under the Bellator banner and has not fought since his split decision loss to John Teixeira in October 2014.</p>
Jamal Khayat is a writer for RoughCopy MMA. He began his training in combat sports in 2009 and has competed as an amateur in both MMA and boxing. He is currently pursuing a B.S. degree in Physics at the University of Central Florida.