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Bellator 164 recap: Douglas Lima knocks out Andrey Koreshkov, regains title

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Bellator MMA refers to their championships as world titles, and indeed, Douglas Lima went around the world to get his welterweight title back.

Lima knocked out Andrey Koreshkov on Friday in Tel Aviv, Israel, in the rematch main event of Bellator 164, and in doing so became the first two-time holder of Bellator's 170-pound crown.

The time of the KO was 1:21 of the third round.

"It was a tough fight, as we already expected," Lima told MMAFighting.com's Guilherme Cruz. "This Russian is a tough dude, a big and strong guy. He's a lot stronger than I thought, but we already expected a tough fight. We went for the finish, we wanted to finish him. I wanted the knockout or the submission to take the belt from the champion. That's the way I always fight."

Lima (28-6) initially won the title in 2014, but lost the belt to Korseshkov via decision at Bellator 140. The win in the rematch gives him seven in his past eight bouts.

The Brazilian doesn't want to take too much time off before getting back into action.

"I don't know when I'm fighting again, but I hope it's sometime between January and March," he told MMAFighting.com. "I don't want to take a long time off next year, I want to stay active. We'll see who's the next in line."

In other main card bouts, Isreal's Noad Lahat was successful in his Bellator debut, as the American Kickboxing Academy fighter submitted Scott Cleve at 2:26 of the opening round of a featherweight bout with a rear-naked choke; Featherweight Georgi Karakhanyan scored his second straight win by defeating Kirili Medvedovsky via first-round injury TKO; and Urkaine's Lena Ovchynnikova improved to 12-6 with a unanimous decision over Karla Benitez in a flyweight matchup.