Andrey Koreshkov

Andrey Koreshkov

Despite holding a loss to Askren and holding far less name value than some other fighters on this list, reigning Bellator welterweight champion Andrey Koreshkov has established himself as a legitimate 170-pounder at just 26 years of age.

Koreshkov holds a professional record of 19-1 with his two most notable wins coming over former Bellator champion Douglas Lima and former UFC lightweight champion Benson Henderson, who we’ll speak more on later. In fact, his latest victory came over Henderson and it was a dominant one to say the least, as “Smooth” simply had no answer for the Russian.

If Bellator can chalk up the money to sign St. Pierre, an immediate title shot with the promotion’s welterweight titleholder could be a very realistic possibility.