A pair of welterweight showdowns will top the bill at Bellator 182.
Koreshkov (19-2) defeated Douglas Lima to win the title in 2015 before dropping the belt back to Lima in rematch last November. In between, the Russian scored a decision win over former UFC lightweight champ Benson Henderson.
Njokuani (17-4, 1 NC), used to be best known as the brother of former UFC competitor Anthony Njokuani, but he’s done a fine job making his name on his own credentials. Minus a no-contest, Njokuani has won eight in a row, including a 4-0 record in Bellator, most recently earning a decision over Melvin Guillard at Bellator 171.
Ward (14-5) has dropped two out of his past three fights and steps back into the cage for the first time after being on the wrong end of a brutal Paul Daley flying-knee knockout at Bellator 170. Gonzalez (26-14), of Menifee, Calif., has won six of seven, most recently a decision over Brandon Girtz at Bellator 174.