Bellator 74 fight card is now nearly complete, as promotion
officials Tuesday announced seven new contests for the Sept. 28
The promotion’s seventh season begins at Caesars Hotel and Casino
in Atlantic City, N.J., and will be topped by a welterweight
tournament quarterfinal between former champion Lyman Good
and BAMMA vet Jim
The evening’s main card airs on MTV2 and features the three
remaining tournament pairings, as ex-Dream champ Marius
Zaromskis faces Nordine
Taleb, and unbeaten Russian prospect Andrey
Koreshkov squares off with Jordan
Smith. Meanwhile, Bellator newcomers Tim Welch and
Tsarev lock horns to round out the tournament field.
Three new undercard attractions were also added to the bill, as
“The Ultimate Fighter 8” finalist Phillipe
Nover meets Derrick
Kennington and two-time Bellator vet Kelvin
Tiller faces Plinio Cruz.
The preliminary proceedings will also see Claudio
Ledesma welcome former featherweight Kenny
Foster to the bantamweight division and Tiger Schulmann rep
Holland against a to-be-announced foe.
Good has split his last four bouts after beginning his career a
perfect 10-0 en route to capturing Bellator’s inaugural
welterweight title, a prize he would relinquish to Season 2
tournament winner Ben Askren in
his first title defense. “Cyborg” failed to win the Season 4
tourney and earn another crack at the gold, falling to eventual
winner Rick Hawn in
the semis last year. However, Good rebounded from the defeat with a
quick victory in his most recent outing, knocking out LeVon
Maynard in just 13 seconds in April.
One year older than his upcoming opponent, 28-year-old Wallhead has
lost just once in his last 11 outings, also stumbling against Hawn
in the Season 4 tournament. “Judo Jim” responded by posting two
straight wins under the BAMMA banner, taking a split decision from
UFC veteran Frank Trigg
last September before knocking out former Strikeforce talent
Villasenor on Dec. 10.