Bellator 206 welterweight grand prix breakdown: Douglas Lima vs. Andrey Koreshkov

Bellator’s welterweight grand prix tournament gets underway Saturday, and a pair of former champions meet in the first opening-round fight.

Andrey Koreshkov (20-2 MMA, 11-2 BMMA) takes on Douglas Lima (29-7 MMA, 11-3 BMMA) in what will be a trilogy bout for the pair. Koreshkov won the title at Bellator 140 in 2015. Lima won it back at Bellator 164 in November 2016.

Now neither of them is champion. That honor resides with Rory MacDonald, who goes after the middleweight title in the Bellator 206 main event Saturday night. But regardless of the outcome of that fight, his welterweight title eventually will be up for grabs in the tournament, and the Koreshkov-Lima winner wants to stay in the hunt for it.

Bellator 206 takes place Saturday at SAP Center in San Jose, Calif. The main card streams on DAZN following prelims on MMAjunkie.

Ahead of Koreshkov-Lima 3, our MMAjunkie Radio crew of “Gorgeous” George Garcia, Brian “Goze” Garcia and Dan Tom break down the matchup. Check out the video above for their predictions.

For more on Bellator 206, check out the MMA Rumors section of the site.

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