Lyman Good edged Jim Wallhead at Bellator 74. | Keith
Good made it clear: he wants what once belonged to him.
A potent left jab and some savage clinch work carried the former
Bellator Fighting Championships titleholder to a one-sided
unanimous decision over “Judo” Jim
Wallhead in the Season 7 welterweight tournament quarterfinals
at Bellator 74 on Friday at Caesars Hotel and Casino in Atlantic
All three cageside judges scored it the same: 29-27 for Good (13-2,
6-2 Bellator). A third-round point deduction for a pair of low
blows amounted to little more than a bump in the road for the Team
Tiger Schulmann standout. His efforts left Wallhead (23-7, 1-2
Bellator) with visible damage to both eyes.
The Team Rough House veteran was a sitting duck for much of the
15-minute encounter, as he found himself at a disadvantage in close
quarters and on the outside. Good peppered him with short punches
and knees from the clinch and later attacked with a stiff jab,
right crosses and kicks to the leg from a distance. Outside of the
two strikes below the belt, it seemed Good could do no wrong.
“I feel great,” he said. “This is the first step to regaining what
was once mine. It’s just a matter of getting back to the drawing
board and training just as hard for my next opponent.”
Zaromskis Outduels Taleb, Moves into Semis
A pair of knockdowns and a third-round head kick
carried former Dream
Zaromskis to a unanimous decision over
Tristar Gym representative Nordine
Taleb in the Bellator Season 7 welterweight tournament
quarterfinals. All three cageside judges scored it for Zaromskis
(19-6, 3-0 Bellator): 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28.
Zaromskis outdueled Taleb.
Taleb (8-2, 2-1 Bellator) was the more consistent fighter but, in a
closely contested battle, found himself on the wrong side of two
knockdowns. Zarmoskis floored him in the first round with an
exquisite spinning back fist and again in the second with a
straight left hand. Taleb recovered on both occasions, but the
damage was done.
Zaromskis, who has won five consecutive bouts, also turned the tide
with a strike in round three, as he wobbled his foe with a head
kick with less than half a minute remaining on the clock. Taleb had
not lost in nearly five years.
Tsarev Choke Submits Welch
Surging Russian prospect Michail
Tsarev submitted Tim Welch with
a second-round rear-naked choke in the Bellator Season 7
welterweight tournament quarterfinals. On an 11-fight winning
streak, Tsarev (24-2, 1-0 Bellator) finished it 1:57 into round
Tsarev upped his record to 24-2.
Welch (9-4, 0-1 Bellator) broke even in the clinch and on the feet,
but he had no answer for his 22-year-old opponent on the ground.
Tsarev fought through visible fatigue in the second round, as he
secured a single-leg takedown and moved into side control. From
there, the Russian transitioned beautifully to Welch’s back and
immediately locked in the fight ending choke.
Undefeated Koreshkov Outpoints Smith
Unbeaten Russian prospect Andrey
Koreshkov passed the first significant test of his career, as
he captured a unanimous decision from Jordan
Smith in the Bellator Season 7 welterweight tournament
quarterfinals. All three cageside judges scored it the same: 29-28
for Koreshkov (11-0, 3-0 Bellator), a man who had never before gone
Koreshkov (left) remained undefeated.
Smith appeared to be closing in on victory in the second round,
when he secured back control during a standing scramble and
threatened his 22-year-old opponent with a rear-naked choke.
However, the opportunity came and went. Koreshkov closed with a
flourish in round three, as he delivered kicks to the body and
straight, accurate punches to the head, all while keeping himself
upright against Smith’s attempted takedowns.
“My opponent was very tough,” Koreshkov said through his
translator. “The fight was very tough, but I won. That’s most
‘TUF 8’ Finalist Nover Submits Kerrington
In preliminary action, “The Ultimate Fighter” Season 8 finalist
Nover submitted Derrick
Kennington with a rear-naked choke 4:20 into round two of their
matchup at 155 pounds; Philadelphia-based featherweight Will
Martinez Jr. finished Casey
Johnson with a rear-naked choke 2:27 into round one; Alexandre
Bezerra coaxed a tapout from Matt McCook
with a rear-naked choke 3:04 into the first round of their
lightweight battle; Team Quest export Michelle
Ould earned a unanimous decision over Munah
Holland in a women’s showdown at 125 pounds; Brylan
Van Artsdalen submitted Jay Haas with a
guillotine choke 63 seconds into the first round of their
featherweight duel; and bantamweight prospect Claudio
Ledesma posted his third win in four appearances, as he
captured a unanimous decision from Team Bombsquad’s Kenny