4 Welterweight Quarterfinal Bouts Anchor Bellator 35 Lineup

By Brian Knapp Feb 21, 2011
Former champion Lyman Good will take on the unbeaten Chris Lozano in one of four quarterfinal matchups in the Bellator Fighting Championships Season 4 welterweight tournament at Bellator 35 on March 5 at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif.

Good (Pictured) last appeared at Bellator 33 in October, when he suffered the first defeat of his career in a unanimous decision to 2008 Olympian Ben Askren at the Liacouras Center in Philadelphia. Spawned by the Team Tiger Schulmann camp, the 25-year-old Harlem, N.Y., native became Bellator’s first welterweight champion in 2009 with tournament wins over Hector Urbina, Jorge Ortiz and Omar de la Cruz. Good has secured six of his 10 career victories by knockout, technical knockout or submission.

The Ohio-based Lozano trains with the Strong Style Fight Team. He has not competed since Bellator 31 in September, when he dispatched UFC veteran Yoshiyuki Yoshida on a second-round corner stoppage at the L’Auberge du Lac Casino and Resort in Lake Charles, La. Lozano has finished all six of his opponents by KO or TKO, four of them inside one round.

Meanwhile, former International Fight League titleholder Jay Hieron will lock horns with Anthony Lapsley in another quarterfinal.

Hieron will carry a seven-fight winning streak into his promotional debut. Rooted at Xtreme Couture Mixed Martial Arts in Las Vegas, the 34-year-old Freeport, N.Y., native has not fought since he earned a unanimous decision over Joe Riggs under the Strikeforce banner more than a year ago. Hieron owns notable victories over “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 7 semifinalist Jesse Taylor, 2009 Dream welterweight grand prix finalist Jason High, current UFC welterweight contender Jake Ellenberger and former Brazilian jiu-jitsu world champion Delson Heleno.

A former King of the Cage welterweight champion, Lapsley has rattled off four consecutive victories. The 31-year-old Fort Wayne, Ind., native last competed at an International Fighting Championship show in July, when he submitted Ted Worthington with a second-round rear-naked choke at the Soaring Eagle Casino in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. Lapsley has secured more than half (13) of his 19 career wins by submission.

Bellator 35, which will air live on MTV2, will feature two other quarterfinal matchups in the Season 4 welterweight tournament: “Judo” Jim Wallhead vs. Rick Hawn and Dan Hornbuckle vs. Brent Weedman.

Bellator 35
Saturday, March 5
Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino
Lemoore, Calif.

“Judo” Jim Wallhead vs. Rick Hawn
Jay Hieron vs. Anthony Lapsley
Lyman Good vs. Chris Lozano
Dan Hornbuckle vs. Brent Weedman
Zoila Frausto vs. Karina Hallinan
Waachiim Spiritwolf vs. Jaime Jara
Josh Herrick vs. Brandon Bender
Jesus Castro vs. Paul Ruiz

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