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Former champ Andrey Koreshkov returns against Fernando Gonzalez at Bellator 174

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The return of former Bellator welterweight champion Andrei Koreshkov highlighted a pair of fight bookings announced on Friday for Bellator 174, as Koreshkov will take on Fernando Gonzalez in a 170-pound showdown, and middleweight prospect Chris Honeycutt will meet Kendall Grove on the main card of the March 3 event.

Koreshkov (19-2) returns for the first time since dropping his welterweight title with a dramatic third-round knockout loss to Douglas Lima at Bellator 164. The setback snapped a sizzling six-fight win streak for the 26-year-old Russian — a run which included impressive victories over Lima and former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson.

Koreshkov now looks to get back on track on against Gonzalez (25-14), a veteran of the Strikeforce, WEC, and Bellator cage who saw his five-fight win streak halted with a lethargic split decision loss to Michael Page in his most recent outing at Bellator 165.

Likewise, Grove (23-16, 1 NC) hopes to climb back in the win column when he faces off against Honeycutt (9-1, 1 NC) in a middleweight contest.

Grove, a former The Ultimate Fighter winner, suffered a second-round knockout loss at the hands of ex-Bellator champion Alexander Shlemenko late last year, bringing his up-and-down Bellator record to 4-3. He’ll look to break the momentum of Honeycutt, a former a two-time NCAA All-American who has won three straight decisions in the Bellator cage.

Bellator 174 takes place March 3 at the WinStar World Casino & Resort in Thackerville, Okla. The card is headlined by an inaugural Bellator MMA women's featherweight world title fight between Marloes Coenen and Julia Budd, and will air live on Spike TV.