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Andrey Koreshkov vs. Lorenz Larkin to headline Bellator show on March 29

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Andrey Koreshkov (pictured) fights Lorenz Larkin on March 29 at a Bellator show in Temecula, Calif.
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Out of the Welterweight Grand Prix tournament, Andrey Koreshkov is staying in the thick of the contenders’ circle.

Koreshkov (21-3) will fight Lorenz Larkin (20-7, 1 NC) at a Bellator event scheduled for March 29 at Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula, Calif. The welterweight bout will headline the show.

This will be Koreshkov’s first fight since bowing out of the opening round of the Bellator Welterweight World Grand Prix at Bellator 206 in September. There, he fought rival Douglas Lima to complete a trilogy between them, with Lima claiming victory in two of their three fights after securing a fifth-round submission in the most recent encounter. A former Bellator champion, Koreshkov’s only losses have come to Lima and Ben Askren.

Larkin, a former UFC standout who hails from Riverside, Calif., has put his Bellator career back on track with consecutive wins in his last two outings. After an 0-2 start in the promotion, Larkin scored back-to-back unanimous decision wins over Fernando Gonzalez and Ion Pascu in 2018.

The March 29 Bellator show will air live on Paramount Network and be simulcast on the DAZN streaming service, with preliminary action on