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Unrivaled: The Russian Invasion

With two Bellator MMA world champions already crowned and several tournament winners awaiting their title shot, Russia is producing some of the best fighters in the world. Take a closer look into their unique lifestyle in Unrivaled: The Russian Invasion.

- FIGHTING A RUSSIAN SUCKS.IT ALWAYS SUCKS.

IF YOU'VE BEEN IN A GYM,

YOU'VE HAD A SPARWITH A RUSSIAN FIGHTER,

IT'S HORRIBLE.

male narrator: TO BEA RUSSIAN MIXED MARTIAL ARTIST

MEANS YOU HAVE NO MERCY.

- IT'S A LITTLE SCARY.

IF YOU'RE GONNA FIGHT A RUSSIAN,ALL YOU THINK ABOUT IS ROCKY.

- OH, HE'S HURT!THIS FIGHT IS OVER!

- BOTTOM LINE:THEY'RE TOUGH NOSED.

narrator:YOU DESTROY TO SURVIVE.

- THE RUSSIAN FIGHTING SPIRITIS SURVIVAL.

THEY WILL EAT NAILS.

- GOOD RIGHT HAND!

narrator:FOR MUCH OF THE PAST DECADE,

THE MOST FEAREDMMA FIGHTER IN THE WORLD

WAS THE EXPLOSIVE RUSSIANHEAVYWEIGHT FEDOR EMELIANENKO.

NOW A WHOLE CROPOF RUSSIAN FIGHTERS

ARE EMERGING IN FEDOR'S WAKE,

CONTINUING HIS LEGACYOF STONE-EYED BRUTALITY

AND SLOWLY BUT SURELYTAKING OVER THIS SPORT.

- THE RUSSIAN FIGHTERSCOME INTO THE CAGE

WITH A SPIRIT THAT YOU JUSTDON'T SEE THAT OFTEN,

AND, MAN, IT MAKESFOR INCREDIBLY EXCITING FIGHTS.

- EVEN WHEN SOME OF THESE GUYSSTARTED HAVING SUCCESS,

PEOPLE DIDN'T PIECE IT TOGETHER.

WELL, NOW THEY'RE STARTINGTO PIECE IT TOGETHER.

[crowd cheering]

narrator: TWO WORLD CHAMPIONSARE ALREADY CROWNED.

A THIRD TITLE SHOT IS IMMINENT.

AND MANY MORE CONTENDERSARE ON THE HORIZON.

PREPARE YOURSELVES, AMERICA.

THE RUSSIANS ARE COMING,

AND THEIR MISSIONIS TOTAL DOMINATION.

DURING FEDOR'S DECADEOF DOMINANCE,

THE IMMENSE SHADOWHE CAST OVER THE SPORT

WAS ENOUGH TO MAKE RUSSIA

INTO ONE OF THE WORLD'SCAPITALS OF MIXED MARTIAL ARTS.

- I DON'T KNOW IF IT'D BE FAIRTO CALL FEDOR EMELIANENKO

THE MICHAEL JORDAN OF MMA,

BUT IN TERMS OF RUSSIANS,HE IS THE MICHAEL JORDAN.

HE IS THE GUY.

narrator:WHEN HE RETIRED IN 2010,

HE LEFT A VOID IN RUSSIAN MMA,

BUT IT WAS QUICKLY FILLEDBY AN UPSTART BAND

OF MIXED MARTIAL ARTISTS

WHO ARE CARRYING ONIN FEDOR'S TRADITION.

TODAY BELLATOR FEATURES NO LESSTHAN 12 RUSSIAN FIGHTERS,

INCLUDING TWO WORLD CHAMPIONS.

- ALEXANDER SHLEMENKO

IS BELLATOR'S NEW MIDDLEWEIGHTWORLD CHAMPION.

narrator:LEADING THE CHARGE

IS A CORE GROUP OF TEAMMATESFROM RUSSIA'S PREMIER MMA TEAM,

RUSFIGHTERS SPORT CLUB.

THEIR CAPTAIN IS THE MAN WHOSTARTED THE RUSSIAN INVASION.

HE'S ALSO BELLATOR'SMIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION.

- THEY CALL ME STORM.

MY NAME IS ALEXANDER SHLEMENKO.

- SHLEMENKO GOT THE GUILLOTINE!

I DO NOT BELIEVE IT!

A DOMINANT PERFORMANCEFROM THE RUSSIAN STRIKER.

- THE RUSSIAN INVASIONSTARTED WITH SHLEMENKO.

AND WE HEARD THE ACCOLADES.

WE'D SEEN THE FIGHT FOOTAGE.

AND THEN WHEN HE CAME HERE,HE LIVED UP TO THE HYPE.

HE EXCEEDED IT.

narrator: FOLLOWING INSHLEMENKO'S BELLATOR FOOTSTEPS

ARE HIS TWO YOUNG PROTEGES.

- MY NAME IS ALEXANDER"TIGER" SARNAVSKIY.

narrator:ALEXANDER SARNAVSKIY

IS A RISING STARIN BELLATOR'S LIGHTWEIGHT RANKS,

A FIGHTERMANY EXPECTED TO VIE FOR A TITLE

BEFORE AN INJURY KNOCKED HIM OUTOF THE SEASON EIGHT TOURNAMENT.

- OH, BIG RIGHT!THAT HURT HIM.

- MAN, THAT WAS A GREATPERFORMANCE BY TIGER SARNAVSKIY.

- THEY CALL ME "SPARTAN."

MY NAME IS ANDREY KORESHKOV.

narrator:AT THE AGE OF 22,

ANDREY KORESHKOV IS UNDEFEATED

AND READY FOR HIS FIRSTWORLD TITLE SHOT ON JULY 31ST

AGAINST BELLATOR'SWELTERWEIGHT CHAMP, BEN ASKREN.

- BIG UPPERCUT!

BEAUTIFUL LEFT.THAT'S IT.

PHENOMENAL PERFORMANCEBY ANDREY KORESHKOV.

- BEN ASKREN IS THE TOUGHESTPUZZLE IN MIXED MARTIAL ARTS.

HE'S A 170-POUND CHAMPION HERE.

I'D BE HARD-PRESSED TO SAYWHO BEATS HIM IN THE WORLD.

- AND THERE'STHE FIRST TAKEDOWN.

- KORESHKOV'S A MONSTERON HIS OWN,

BUT THEN YOU ADD TO ITTHE ENTIRE RUSFIGHTER TEAM.

HE'S NOT JUST FACINGONE GUY IN KORESHKOV.

HE'S FACING AN ENTIRE TEAM

OF SOME OF THE BEST FIGHTERSIN THE WORLD.

- KORESHKOV TEEING OFF NOW.

BIG SHOTS.THERE'S THE KNEE.

- WITH THIS NEW WAVE OF RUSSIANFIGHTERS COMING INTO BELLATOR,

I THINK THEY HAVEA GREAT, GREAT CHANCE

OF ACTUALLY BECOMINGA NEW BRAZIL,

REALLY DOMINATING MMAIN THE FUTURE.

narrator:THAT INVASION

HAS ONLY GAINED STRENGTHTHIS PAST YEAR,

WHEN THE 6'7" RUSSIAN GIANTALEXANDER VOLKOV

WON THE BELLATORHEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP.

- OH, HE'S HURT.

BIG SHOTSFROM ALEXANDER VOLKOV!

- WE LITERALLYWEREN'T GONNA PUT VOLKOV

IN THE LASTHEAVYWEIGHT TOURNAMENT.

ALEXANDER SHLEMENKOCAME TO ME AND SAID,

"VOLKOV SHOULD BE IN.

HE'LL WINYOUR HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE."

narrator:ANOTHER RUSSIAN HEAVYWEIGHT,

VITALY MINAKOV,

REACHED THE BELLATORSUMMER SERIES FINALS.

- A LIGHTNING STRIKE VICTORYFOR VITALY MINAKOV!

narrator:SHAHBULAT SHAMHALAEV,

FROM RUSSIA'S DAGESTAN REGION,

BLASTED HIS WAY INTOA FEATHERWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT.

- SHAHBULAT, HE'S LOOKINGTO FINISH, AND HE DOES!

narrator:AND FRODO KHASBULAEV

WON THE SEASON EIGHTBANTAMWEIGHT TOURNAMENT

WITH A TENACIOUS STYLETHAT'S BECOME SYNONYMOUS

WITH THE RUSSIANS OF BELLATOR.

- THAT IS IT!

A TKO WIN FOR FRODO KHASBULAEV!

narrator: BUT AT THE CORE OFTHE RUSSIAN SUCCESS IN BELLATOR

IS A COACH AND FIGHTERIN SHLEMENKO

AND HIS TWO YOUNG STARS,

ANDREY KORESHKOVAND TIGER SARNAVSKIY.

THEY TRAIN AT A SMALL GYM

IN THE REMOTE UNFORGIVING CITYOF OMSK, SIBERIA,

WHERE FIGHTING HAS BEENA PART OF THE CULTURE

FOR GENERATIONS.

- [speaking Russian]

- JEEZ, SIBERIA.

I MEAN,IT'S IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE.

THERE IS NO HEAT.

THERE'S NO FAST FOOD.

THERE'S NO 7-ELEVEN.

THERE'S NOTHING TO DO,BUT YOU STAY IN YOUR CABIN,

AND YOU CUT SOME WOOD,AND YOU GO WRESTLE,

OR NOW YOU GO FIGHT.

- LIVING HERE IN SIBERIA,IT'S NOT JUST COLD.

IT'S THE SNOW.IT'S THE WIND.

IT'S EVERYTHING COMBINED.

IT JUST TOUGHENS THEM UP.

IT'S NOT SOMETHINGJUST FOR THE BODY.

BUT IT'S MOSTLY SOMETHINGFOR THE HEAD, FOR THE HEART.

narrator:A NEARBY FOREST

IS WHERE THE FIGHTERS GOFOR THEIR CARDIO TRAINING,

SIBERIAN STYLE.

- IT LOOKS LIKETHE OLD ROCKY MOVIES WITH DRAGO

WITH 4 FEET OF SNOW.

SOMETIMES YOU USE TERMINOLOGYLIKE, "THEY'RE HARDENED,"

AND SOMETIMESIT'S JUST HYPERBOLE,

AND IT REALLY DOESN'T TIE INTO WHO THEY REALLY ARE.

I THINK IN THE CASE,A LOT OF THESE RUSSIAN FIGHTERS,

IT ACTUALLY DOES.

- [speaking Russian]

- [speaking Russian]

narrator: AND ALONGWITH THAT SPIRIT,

A CRUCIAL PARTOF THEIR TRAINING REGIMEN

IS AN AGE-OLDSLAVIC TRADITION:

BANYA,

THE LOCAL SAUNA RITUALTHAT INVOLVES EXTREME HEAT...

AND THEN EXTREME COLD,

DROPPING INTO A 37-DEGREEICE BATH IN THE IRTYSH RIVER.

I FEEL GREAT.

[speaking Russian]

- YOU CAN'T DESCRIBE THEM.

YOU SHOULD TRY IT YOURSELF.

IT'S A VERY IMPORTANT PARTOF THE TRAINING.

IT TRAINS YOUR MUSCULAR SYSTEM,LIKE HEART,

AND BUILDS UPYOUR IMMUNE SYSTEM.

JUST MAKES YOU A LOT STRONGER.

ONE MORE.

- AH!

- [singing in Russian]

narrator:THE AUSTERITY OF OMSK

INSTILLS IN THESE FIGHTERS

A MENTAL STRENGTH THAT'S BECOMETHEIR CALLING CARD IN THE CAGE,

MOST NOTABLY WITH SHLEMENKO,

WHO WENT FROM BEINGBELLATOR'S FIRST RUSSIAN FIGHTER

TO BEING BELLATOR'SMIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPION.

- [speaking Russian]

- A BODY SHOT.

THAT LANDED.

THAT HURT HIM.

BIG SHOT.

AND THAT IS IT!

narrator:AS A FIGHTER,

SHLEMENKO IS KNOWNAS A RISK TAKER.

IT'S AN ATTITUDE HE BRINGS TOJUST ABOUT EVERYTHING HE DOES,

INSIDE THE CAGE OR OUT.

- [speaking Russian]

[tires screech]

- KORESHKOV IS THE TOUGHEST TESTTHAT BEN ASKREN HAS FACED

INSIDE THE BELLATOR CAGETO DATE.

- WHEN THAT CAGE DOOR CLOSES,

IT DOESN'T MATTER HOW MANYFROZEN LAKES HE JUMPED IN

OR HOW MANY FEETS OF SNOWHE TRAINED IN.

IT'S HIM AND BEN ASKREN,AND THAT'S IT.

[wind howling]

narrator: IT'S ANOTHER FRIGID5-DEGREE DAY IN SIBERIA,

AND COACH SHLEMENKO HAS DIRECTEDSTAR PUPIL ANDREY KORESHKOV

TO CHIP THE ICE AWAY FROMTHE FRONT STEPS OF THE GYM...

A FAR CRYFROM THE MORNING ROUTINE

OF HIS AMERICAN OPPONENT.

IT'S MORNINGIN WAUWATOSA, WISCONSIN.

HERE BELLATOR'S WELTERWEIGHTCHAMPION, BEN ASKREN,

IS SITTING DOWN TO SOME PANCAKESWITH HIS WIFE, AMY,

AND THEIR FOUR-MONTH-OLDDAUGHTER, ALEX.

- SHE'S BEEN ABLETO BALANCE LIKE THIS

SINCE, LIKE, ONE MONTH.

- HE HANDS HER OFFLIKE A FOOTBALL.

- SHE'S JUST A FREAKINGPOWERFUL BABY, YOU KNOW?

SHE'S JUST STRONG.

- [laughs]

- THERE'S NOTHING ABOUT IT.

RIGHT, ALEX?

ARE YOU STRONG?

narrator: BEN IS DEEPINTO HIS TRAINING CAMP

FOR HIS JULY 31ST TITLE DEFENSEAGAINST ANDREY KORESHKOV.

AND IF HE'S EVEN SLIGHTLYWORRIED ABOUT THE FIGHT,

HE'S NOT EXACTLY SHOWING IT.

- NO DISRESPECT TO HIS OPPONENT,BUT, UNTIL A COUPLE WEEKS AGO,

I DIDN'T EVEN KNOWHIS FIRST NAME,

SO THAT'S HOW LITTLEWE DISCUSS IT.

- IF IT'S 8:00 P.M.IN SIBERIA RIGHT NOW,

I BET ANDREY IS PROBABLYPLAYING VIDEO GAMES OR SLEEPING

OR DRINKING SOME VODKA MAYBE.

VODKA.A LOT OF IT.

narrator:THE TRUTH IS,

NOTHING MUCHHAS EVER FAZED ASKREN.

KNOWN AS "FUNKY BEN" IN COLLEGE,

HIS NICKNAME WAS BORN

OF HIS UNCONVENTIONAL APPROACHTO WRESTLING.

A STYLETHAT EMBODIES HIS PERSONALITY

FUELED A FOUR-YEAR RUNOF DOMINANCE AT MISSOURI

AND EARNED HIM A SPOTON THE 2008 U.S. OLYMPIC TEAM.

- U.S. OLYMPIAN,

MAYBE THE BEST WRESTLERIN U.S. COLLEGIATE HISTORY

IN THE LAST TEN YEARS.

NATIONAL CHAMPION.

THIS GUY'S GOT EVERY PIECEOF THE ARSENAL.

- HE KIND OF HAD THIS--LIKE, ABUNDLE OF SNAKES ROLLING AROUND.

YOU'RE NEVER REALLY SUREWHO'S GOT WHO,

AND THEN ALL OF A SUDDEN,HE'D COME OUT ON TOP,

AND HE'S PINNING THE GUY.

IT WAS FUN TO WATCH,

HARD TO DEAL WITHAS A COMPETITOR.

HE JUST HAD A UNIQUE,INNATE SENSE OF THE MAT.

- HE'S FIGURING OUTHOW WRESTLING CAN DOMINATE

THIS MIXED MARTIAL ART SPORTRIGHT NOW.

narrator:AND IT LOOKS LIKE FUNKY BEN

HAS IT ALL FIGURED OUT.

HE IS A WORLD CHAMPION

WHO SEEMS MORE UNBEATABLE

WITH EACH SUCCESSIVE TRIPTO THE CAGE,

A FACT THAT WAS ABUNDANTLY CLEAR

IN HIS LAST TITLE DEFENSEIN JANUARY,

WHERE HE DESTROYEDTHE CHALLENGER,

KARL AMOUSSOU,

WITH A RELENTLESSGROUND AND POUND ATTACK.

- WHAT YOU GET FROM BEN ASKRENIS FIVE ROUNDS OF AFFIRMATION

THAT HE WHIPPED YOUR ASS.

HE GOT HUMBLED.

THAT'S WHAT BENCALLS HIS WRESTLING STYLE.

"I'M GONNA HUMBLE YOU,"AND HE HUMBLED HIM.

narrator:HE HUMBLES HIS OPPONENTS, YES,

BUT OTHERWISE,

HUMBLE IS A WORD YOU'LLRARELY HEAR USED ABOUT ASKREN.

- YOU KNOW, IF YOU DON'T LIKETHE GROUNDWORK,

THERE'S THIS SPORTTHEY CALL BOXING.

IT'S NOT AS FUN, THOUGH.

I SUGGEST YOU KEEP ONCOMING HERE,

AND WATCHING MY ASS-WHIPPINGS.

THEY WERE BOOING'CAUSE THEY WANTED TO SEE

THE STAND UP AND BANG.

IT WAS THE CANADIAN FANS.

YOU KNOW, THEY'RE REALLYKIND OF ROUGH AROUND THE EDGES,

AND, YOU KNOW,THEY DIDN'T APPRECIATE THE FACT

THAT ANOTHER GROWN MAN WHODIDN'T WANT TO BE ON HIS BACK,

ON HIS BACK FOR 25 MINUTES,

AND I REPEATEDLYPUNCHED HIM IN THE FACE.

- LOOK, SOME GUYS ARE COCKY.

SOME GUYSARE JUST PURELY CONFIDENT.

HE'S A LITTLE BIT SALTY,

BUT I THINK HE'S SALTY BECAUSEPEOPLE CONTINUALLY POKE AT HIM,

IN TERMS OF EVOLVINGAS A MIXED MARTIAL ARTIST.

- AND WE GOT THESE SIBERIANHUSKIES THAT BEN'S FIGHTING.

RUSSIAN GUYS LIKE TO SPIN A LOT.

SO THE TWO RULES OF THUMBWHEN YOU DEFEND THE SPIN--

A LOT OF PEOPLE LEAN AWAY.

WELL, THAT'S--BOOM!

I GIVE THEM ROOM.

I SEE HIM SPIN,SIDE.

YOU SEE--YOU SEEHOW YOU STEP WITH THE SPIN?

SO IF YOU SEE HIMGO BACKSIDE CLOCKWISE,

LIKE A MATADOR,

MOVE.

GOOD.OHH, PUTTING THE FUNK.

OOP, THERE YOU GO.

GOOD WORK. GOOD WORK.GOOD WORK.

I THOUGHT THE PACEWAS REAL GOOD TODAY.

HOW'S YOUR WEIGHT?GOOD?

- YEAH,EVERYTHING'S GOING GOOD.

WEIGHT'S COMING DOWN.

WE TALKED ABOUT THE--

YOU KNOW, THE RIGHT HAND,OBVIOUSLY,

UPPERCUTTING AND OVERHAND.

ANYTHING ELSE, YOU THINK?

- I MEAN, JUST, YOU KNOW, GOTTO READ YOUR KEYS ON THE SPINS,

BUT IF YOU PRESSURE HIMAND STAY ON TOP OF HIM,

HE DOESN'T HAVE ROOMTO DO THAT STUFF.

WE'VE BEEN TALKING ABOUT ITFOR WEEKS NOW.

WE'VE BEEN DRILLING IT.

YOU'RE LOOKING GREAT ON THE PADSAND THE SPARRING.

I MEAN, NOW IT'S JUST DOWNTHE HOME STRETCH.

EXECUTE.

- ALL RIGHT, YEAH,SOUNDS LIKE A PLAN.

narrator:AS ALWAYS,

ASKREN FEELS CONFIDENT THATHE'S PREPARED FOR KORESHKOV.

OF COURSE,

A LARGE PART OF HIS CONFIDENCEIS BORN OF THE BELIEF

THAT HIS STYLESIMPLY DEFIES PREPARATION.

- I WOULDN'T FIGHT HIM.

I WOULDN'T SIGN A CONTRACTFIGHTING BEN ASKREN.

IF HE MOVED DOWN TO 55,I'M GOING TO 45 FOR SURE.

HE'S THAT GOOD.

I MEAN, TRAINING WITH THIS GUY,IT'S FRUSTRATING.

IF IT'S THE FIRST ROUNDOF SPARRING,

AND I SPAR WITH BEN ASKREN,

IN THE REST OF THE ROUNDS,I DON'T HAVE ANY ENERGY LEFT.

JUST DEFENDING TAKEDOWNS, TRYINGTO GET ON TOP OF THIS GUY--

HE'S THAT GOOD.

THAT'S NOT ME JUST BOASTING'CAUSE HE'S MY TEAMMATE.

THAT'S--THAT'S REAL LIFE.

I MEAN,I WOULDN'T FIGHT THIS GUY.

- THERE'S THREEFOR SURE THINGS IN LIFE:

DEATH, TAXES,AND BEN ASKREN TAKING YOU DOWN.

- THE SCARIEST THING ABOUTKORESHKOV IS THAT RIGHT HAND.

HE'S GOT POWER.HE'S GOT TIMING.

HE CAN PUT ANYBODY OUTIN THIS DIVISION.

- ANDREY,I'M GONNA WALK ACROSS THE CAGE,

I'M GONNA GRAB YOU, I'MGONNA THROW YOU ON YOUR BACK,

I'M GONNA HIT YOU IN YOUR FACE,

AND THERE'S NOT REALLY ANYTHINGYOU CAN DO ABOUT THAT.

narrator: THE NEXT IMPOSSIBLYMOST DIFFICULT CHAPTER

OF THE RUSSIAN INVASIONIS ABOUT TO BE WRITTEN IN MMA,

AS ANDREY KORESHKOVMOVES TOWARDS HIS JULY 31ST BOUT

WITH BELLATOR'S WELTERWEIGHTCHAMPION, BEN ASKREN.

IT'S A FIGHTTHAT WILL BE CLOSELY WATCHED

IN KORESHKOV'S HOMELAND.

- A FEW IMPORTANT STEPSWERE TAKEN LAST YEAR

WHEN BELLATOR EVENTS,

THEY STARTED TO SHOW THEM

ON RUSSIA'S BIGGESTNATIONAL SPORT TELEVISION,

AND THE RECENT SUCCESSOF ALL RUSSIAN TEAM,

IT JUST MAKES THIS SPORTTO BECOME MORE AND MORE POPULAR.

narrator:FOR KORESHKOV,

THE ASKREN FIGHT IS A CHANCE

TO GAIN THE UTMOST RESPECTFOR RUSSIAN FIGHTERS

WHILE AT THE SAME TIMEWINNING A WORLD TITLE.

FOR ASKREN, IT'S A CHANCETO CONTINUE TO SERVE NOTICE

TO ANYWHO STILL DARE TO DOUBT HIM.

- THE STAKES ARE HIGHFOR BEN ASKREN

IN TERMS OF RESPECT.

I THINKTHAT LAST WIN HE HAD--

GROUND AND POUND DEVASTATING WINOVER KARL AMOUSSOU--

PEOPLE WOKE UP AND TOOK NOTICEOF BEN ASKREN AFTER THAT FIGHT.

HE WANTS ANOTHER WIN LIKE THAT.

NOT JUST A WIN,

HE WANTS A FINISH.

ANDREY KORESHKOVCARRIES WITH HIM

A LOT OF PRIDE INTO HIS FIGHTS,

SO THE STAKES ARE VERY HIGH.

WE ALREADY HAVE TWORUSSIAN WORLD CHAMPIONS.

HE WANTS TO JOINTHAT ELITE GROUP.

- THEY DON'T LIKE LOSERS.

YOU KNOW, IT'S NOTIN THE VOCABULARY, YOU KNOW?

KORESHKOV,IF HE LOSES TO ASKREN,

HE'S IN FOR A ROUGH TIMEBACK AT HOME, MAN.

YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT SHLEMENKOIS GONNA DO FOR HIM.

narrator: IF KORESHKOVIS GOING TO AVOID THAT FATE,

HE'LL HAVE TO AVOIDBEING SMOTHERED

BY ASKREN'SWRESTLING-BASED ATTACK,

A STYLE THAT'S GAINED ASKRENMANY CRITICS OVER THE YEARS,

INCLUDING HIS NEXT OPPONENT.

- [speaking Russian]

- ABOUT THE ONLY THING MYOPPONENTS CAN SAY ABOUT ME IS,

I'M BORING.

THEY CAN'T SAY ANYTHING,BECAUSE I TAKE THEM DOWN.

I BEAT THEM UP.

- [speaking Russian]

- I THINK THIS MATCHUPBETWEEN KORESHKOV AND ASKREN

BOILS DOWN TO THE CLASSICSTRIKER VERSUS GRAPPLER MATCHUP.

AND YOU'RE DEALING WITH A GUY,IN KORESHKOV, THAT CAN HIT.

HE CAN KNOCK GUYS OUT.

narrator:OF COURSE,

HISTORY SHOWS THATEVEN WHEN ASKREN'S OPPONENTS

MANAGE TO GET UPOFF THEIR BACKS,

THEY USUALLY FIND THEMSELVESTAKEN DOWN AGAIN

PRETTY SOON AFTERWARDS.

- THERE'S THREEFOR SURE THINGS IN LIFE:

DEATH, TAXES,AND BEN ASKREN TAKING YOU DOWN.

- THERE'S THE SPRAWL,AND THERE'S THE FIRST TAKEDOWN.

- BUT HE'S GONNA DOWHAT HE DID TO KARL AMOUSSOU.

- I MEAN, I'M GONNA WINTHE FIGHT 99 TIMES OUT OF 100,

AND 1 TIME OUT OF 100,

HE'S GONNA HIT A RIGHT HANDAND KNOCK ME OUT.

BUT, YOU KNOW, I'M NOT GONNAWORRY ABOUT 1 TIME OUT OF 100,

SO WHAT--YOU KNOW, I'M JUST TRAINING

AND DOING WHAT I DO,

AND IT'S PROBABLY GONNA GOREALLY WELL.

- KORESHKOV IS THE TOUGHEST TESTTHAT BEN ASKREN HAS FACED

INSIDE THE BELLATOR CAGETO DATE.

HE'S GOT GREAT REACHAND INCREDIBLE PUNCHING POWER.

HIS KICKBOXING ARSENALIS EXPANSIVE.

HE NEVER GIVES UP.

HE KNOWS HOW TO GET BACK UPWHEN HE'S TAKEN DOWN.

HE PRESENTS REAL PROBLEMSFOR BEN ASKREN.

HE IS THE GUYWHO POTENTIALLY MAY BE THE ONE

TO SOLVE THE RIDDLETHAT IS BEN ASKREN.

- IN THE FIRST TWO MINUTES,

IF ANDREY KORESHKOVCAN STAY ON HIS FEET

AND STUFFTWO OR THREE TAKEDOWNS,

HE'S GOT A GOOD SHOTIN THIS FIGHT.

THAT'S WHEN THE FANS WILL GO,

"OH, MAN,BEN ASKREN'S GOT A FIGHT."

- WE STUDIED VERY CAREFULLYALL OF THE BEN ASKREN'S FIGHTS,

ALL THE MISTAKESTHAT HIS OPPONENTS MADE.

WE HAVE THIS SECRET INGREDIENTTHAT I WON'T TELL YOU,

BECAUSE OTHERWISEIT WON'T BE A SECRET.

BUT I THINK ANDREY HAS ABILITIES

THAT WILL ALLOW HIMTO ACTUALLY BEAT BEN ASKREN.

- [speaking Russian]

- I'M GONNA FAVOR ASKREN.

HE IS THE CHAMP FOR A REASON.

ONCE HE GETS HIS HANDS ON YOU,HE CAN DO NASTY THINGS.

BUT IF YOU THINK KORESHKOVIS OUTMATCHED,

THINK AGAIN.

- WHEN THAT CAGE DOOR CLOSES

AND BEN'S IN THEREFACING HIS OPPONENT,

NOTHING ELSE MATTERS.

HIS TEAM'S NOT IN THERE.

IT DOESN'T MATTER HOWMANY FROZEN LAKES HE JUMPED IN

OR HOW MANY FEETS OF SNOWHE TRAINED IN.

IT'S HIM AND BEN ASKREN,AND THAT'S IT.

- ANDREY,I'M GONNA WALK ACROSS THE CAGE,

I'M GONNA GRAB YOU, I'MGONNA THROW YOU ON YOUR BACK,

I'M GONNA HIT YOU IN YOUR FACE,

AND THERE'S NOT REALLY ANYTHINGYOU CAN DO ABOUT THAT.

- IF KORESHKOVCAN WIN THIS FIGHT,

THEN IT SOLIDIFIES RUSSIA

AS ONE OF THE TRUEPOWERHOUSES WORLDWIDE

IN TERMS OF MIXED MARTIAL ARTS.

- THE RUSSIAN INVASION ISGOING TO BE BIGGER AND BIGGER.

OUR GOAL IS TO BECOMETHE STRONGEST TEAM IN THE WORLD.

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