On Friday, April 22, Bellator MMA touched down in Uncasville, Connecticut to bring fight fans Bellator 153 live from the Mohegan Sun Arena.

In the night’s headlining act reigning welterweight champion Andrey Koreshkov put his belt on the line as he welcomed top ranked fighter Benson Henderson to the promotion.

Henderson (23-5), the former WEC and UFC lightweight champion, was making his promotional debut after competing as a member of the UFC’s welterweight and light devision for the last five years. Koreshkov (18-1), a 25-year-old fighter out of Russia, previously earned his title with a decision over Douglas Lima With.

MAIN CARD SUMMARY

Jeremie Holloway vs. Michael Page

Holloway looked to bring the fight to Page early taking the center of the cage immediately but was caught and dropped with a big right hand. Holloway was back to his feet quickly but Page continued to land stiff shots from the outside. After a brief delay in the action due to a low blow from Holloway, Page dropped Holloway again with a hard shot. Holloway rolled for a leg lock and Page countered with an impressive toe hold to end the bout via submission.

Brent Primus vs. Gleristone Santos

Round one saw both fighters jockeying for position; Santos wanting to establish his range on the feet, Primus looking to take the fight to the ground. Santos was able to land some solid shots and was able to keep Primus off balance with his movement and aggression.

Round two was a much more deliberate round with Santos controlling the action on the feet. Primus ate a lot of shots and was stifled every time he tried to advance. Primus just couldn’t get anything going.

Round three started off with Primus looking to be aggressive but Santos continually found a way to land and keep him from finding a rhythm. Late in the round Primus was able to secure a takedown and land some ground and pound but Santos did a great job to transition and threatened with submission attempts.

The late third round takedown and constant forward movement was apparently enough to sway two of the three judges. Santos has to be disappointed with that decision.

Evangelista Santos vs. Brennan Ward

It didn’t take long but it sure was exceting. In less than a minute Santos and Ward were on the mat where Santos rolled into leg lock position. After switching his grip Santos forced the stoppage with a vicious heel hook submission.

Henry Corrales vs. Patricio Freire

Round one saw both fighters very tentative; neither wanting to make a mistake. Not a lot of action on the feet but halfway through the round Freire was able to drag the fight to the ground where he nearly locked in two arm triangle chokes. Corrales was able to stay calm and fight his way back to his feet to close out the round.

After an incredibly slow start to the second round on the feet Freire scored with a big double leg takedown with less than two minutes in the round. Corrales quickly worked his way back to the feet but made a huge mistake by leaving his head down. Freire latched on quickly with a guillotine and forced the tap.

(c) Andrey Koreshkov vs. Benson Henderson – for Bellator welterweight title

Round one was all Koreshkov. The defending Bellator champion’s range, power and precision on the feet were simply too much for Henderson who looked out of sorts for all five minutes.

Round two was very similar to round one; Koreshkov keeping Henderson at range with excellent striking. Henderson just can’t seem to figure out the distance and koreshkov continually was able to inflict consistent damage to the former UFC champion.

Another round another impressive showing from Koreshkov. Henderson worked hard to get the fight to the ground against the cage but Koreshkov was able to defend the relentless attack while hammering Henderson with short shorts. Koreshkov’s size and power are the difference in this fight so far.

Round four was another great round for the champion as he continued to pour it on Henderson. There is no question that Henderson has a ton of heart but he is getting outclassed in every aspect of the fight. Koreshkov is sending a message to the world tonight.

Henderson needed to make something happen in the fifth and final round and he just couldn’t make it happen. Henderson was active and aggressive looking to get the fight to the ground but Koreshkov shook off every attempt and continued to land solid shots. Henderson couldn’t get anything going and Koreshkov took the fight on all the judges’ scorecards. Impressive performance from Koreshkov; incredible outing.

FULL RESULTS

MAIN CARD

(c) Andrey Koreshkov def. Benson Henderson by Unanimous Decision (50-45, 50-45, 50-45)
Patricio Freire def. Henry Corrales by Submission (guillotine choke), Round 2, 4:09
Evangelista Santos def. Brennan Ward by Submission (heel hook), Round 1, 0:30
Brent Primus def. Gleristone Santos by Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Michael Page def. Jeremie Holloway by Submission (toe hold), Round 1, 2:15

PRELIMINARY CARD

Chris Honeycutt def. Matt Secor by Unanimous Decision (30-25, 30-27, 30-27)
Dean Hancock vs. Sam Watford
Vovka Clay vs. Chris Foster
Mike Zichelle def. Joe Cronin by Submission (rear naked choke), Round 1, 1:25
Matt Bessette vs. Keith Richardson
Tim Caron vs. Justin Sumter
Jay Perrin vs. Blair Tugman
Djamil Chan def. Richard Patishnock by Knockout (Punch), Round 1, 3:09

(c) – champion