Andrey Koreshkov vs. Lorenz Larkin headlines Bellator 229 on Oct. 4

A key welterweight fight will headline Bellator 229 in October when former champion Andrey Koreshkov meets Lorenz Larkin.

The matchup between Koreshkov (22-3 MMA, 13-3 BMMA) and Larkin (20-7 MMA, 2-2 BMMA) was announced Friday by Bellator president Scott Coker on Twitter.

Bellator 229 takes place Oct. 4 at Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, Calif. The main card is on Paramount and DAZN following prelims streamed on MMA Junkie.

Koreshkov, 28, is an honorable mention in the latest USA TODAY Sports/MMA Junkie MMA welterweight rankings and is coming off an important rebound win over Mike Jasper at Bellator 219 in March. It was the first fight for the Russian after being bounced from the organization’s 170-pound grand prix by finalist Douglas Lima in what will be his record 17th fight in the division.

Larkin, meanwhile, is coming off back-to-back wins in the Bellator cage after starting his tenure with the promotion on a two-fight slide. Larkin hasn’t put together three consecutive wins since prior to his first career defeat in 2012, but he can elevate his stock with Bellator higher than ever if can take out a former champ.

For more on Bellator 229, check out the MMA schedule.

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