Binns Management client and 215MMA's own Sam "Sammy O" Oropeza advanced to the semi-finals of the $100K Bellator MMA Season 10 Welterweight tournament, back on March 14th. Oropeza was slated as the huge underdog against MMA veteran Joe "Diesel" Riggs, before Riggs had to pull out due to injury. Cristiano Souza stepped in on late notice. Oropeza defeated Souza via impressive first round knockout. With 'Sammy O' advancing, he is now scheduled to fight again on April 4th at Bellator MMA 115: Minakov vs. Kongo. Oropeza will have another tough fight, this time against the Russian striker Andrey Koreshkov. Bellator MMA 115 will air live on Spike TV and along with a Middleweight tournament semi-final bout, and will feature a main event pitting Bellator MMA Heavyweight Champion Vitaly Minakov (13-0) taking on number one contender and former UFC Heavyweight star Cheick Kongo (20-8) for the Bellator Heavyweight Championship.
Balance Studios prospect Sam Oropeza has been fighting for Bellator MMA since 2011, and has gone 3-1 in the promotion. Oropeza currently holds a Professional MMA record of 11-2 with 6 straight finishes inside of 2 rounds. Oropeza has fought for promotions like Bellator MMA, Matrix Fights, Strikeforce, and King of the Cage where he faced current UFC fighter Myles Jury. Oropeza is scheduled to take on tough Russian knockout specialist Andrey Koreshkov.
Andrey "Spartan" Koreshkov holds Professional MMA record of 15-1, and is 6-1 inside the Bellator MMA cage. Koreshkov has fought in Bellator 7 times, including against Marius Zaromskis, and former Bellator Welterweight Champions Lyman Good & Ben Askren. Most recently Koreshkov defeated Philadelphia native and former UFC fighter Nah-Shon Burrell in the first round of the Season 10 Bellator MMA Welterweight $100K tournament,via first round Knockout. Koreshkov is known to have top notch striking with 9 of his 15 victories coming by way of Knockout or TKO. Whoever wins this bout will face the winner of Nathan Coy vs. Adam McDonough in the Welterweight finals.
The following is the entire scheduled Bellator MMA 115: Minakov vs. Kongo fight card; card is subject to change:
Bellator MMA Heavyweight Championship bout - ( C ) Vitaly Minakov vs. Cheick Kongo
Welterweight Tournament Semi-Finals bout - Sam Oropeza vs. Andrey Koreshkov
Middleweight Tournament Semi-Finals bout - Dan Cramer vs. Jeremy Kimball
Johnny Cisneros vs. Mikkel Parlo
Volkan Oezdemir vs. Kelly Anundson
Herman Terrado vs. Justin Baesman
James Terry vs. Rick Reeves
Freddie Aquitania vs. Josh Appelt
Jason Powell vs. Sinjen Smith
Oscar Ramirez vs. Benito Lopez
Bellator MMA 115: Minakov vs. Kongo airs live on Spike TV at 9 PM ET on April 4th. Bellator 115 is the first time Bellator has held an event in Nevada, with this event taking place at the Reno Events Center in Reno, NV.
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