Bellator Adds Ex-Champ Good to Welterweight Tournament

By Chris Nelson Jan 12, 2011
Lyman Good: Jason Broaddus |

Former Bellator Fighting Championships welterweight titleholder Lyman Good will take part in the promotion’s upcoming 170-pound tournament, Bellator announced today.

Good joins previously announced fighters Dan Hornbuckle, Rick Hawn, Brent Weedman and Chris Lozano in the field for the tournament. Set to kick off in March, no start date has been announced for Bellator’s imminent fourth season, which will air live on MTV2.

The winner of Bellator’s inaugural welterweight tourney, Good was first mentioned as a possible participant in October, when Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney told that the loser of Good’s title bout with Ben Askren would likely take a slot in the eight-man bracket.

Good would suffer his first career defeat in that match, as decorated wrestler Askren used his base skill to dominate the 25-year-old Tiger Schulmann pupil over five rounds. With the winner of the season four tournament guaranteed a shot at Askren, Good enters with revenge on his mind.

“Being able to fight Askren again was one of the biggest factors behind me entering this tournament,” Good said in a release. “I can't walk away from an opportunity to avenge a loss to a person that I know deep down -- with the proper amount of preparation -- I can beat.”

Prior to running into Askren, Good had won 10 straight contests, including a trio of stoppages against Omar de la Cruz, Jorge Ortiz and Hector Urbina to capture the Bellator title. After the conclusion of Bellator’s first season, however, Good did not compete for 16 months due to a serious shoulder injury and subsequent surgery.

Now fully healed and with a chance at redemption looming, Good looks to show the world an upgraded “Cyborg.”

“I'm going to be unveiling ‘Lyman 2.0’ this time around,” said Good. “In a sense, you’re going to see a newer version of me, but at the same time, I will always have what defines me as a fighter.”
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