Lyman Good stopped LeVon Maynard in 13 seconds the last time he stepped in the Bellator cage (Photo courtesy of Bellator).
Caesars to Host First Show of Bellator’s 7th Season
Bellator Fighting Championships will kick off its seventh season on Friday, with the promotion returning to its East Coast home of Caesars in Atlantic City. Headlining Bellator 74 will be a welterweight tournament quarterfinal pairing between former titleholder Lyman Good (12-2) and British Judo player Jim Wallhead (23-6).
“Each quarterfinal pairing in our Season 7 Welterweight Tournament is basically a pick’em fight, with Lyman and Jim headlining what should be a fantastic night of fights,” said Bellator Chairman & CEO Bjorn Rebney. “Atlantic City is a classic fight town, and New Jersey is a hotbed for mixed martial arts, so our fans are in for a great night on September 28.”
April was the last time that Good stepped into the Bellator cage, putting in a short night of work by knocking out LeVon Maynard in just 13 seconds, a fight that was also held in Atlantic City. The win earned Good a spot in the Season 7 Welterweight Tournament and possibly an eventual crack at Bellator champion Ben Askren, who took the belt from him nearly two years ago in Philadelphia. The New York native became the first ever welterweight champion in promotional history when he stopped three straight fighters to claim the Bellator crown in 2009.
A veteran who owns over eight years of experience in mixed martial arts, Wallhead fought in the last Bellator Welterweight Competition and lost a unanimous decision to eventual tournament winner Rick Hawn. The defeat was a rarity in the past six-plus years for the native Brit, who has suffered just a pair of losses in his past 16 bouts. Known by his fans as Judo Jim, Wallhead is a black dan in the Judo discipline and has fought as high as 205 pounds during his MMA career. However, he has spent the majority of his time in the welterweight division (170 pounds).
Also on the slate for Bellator 74, which will be aired live on MTV2 and EPIX, are the three remaining quarterfinal fights of the Bellator Season 7 Welterweight Tournament. Montreal native Nordine Taleb will hook up with Lithuanian fighter Marius Zaromskis, while Russian Michail Tsarev will meet American Tim Welch and The Ultimate Fighter veteran Jordan Smith faces Andrey Koreshkov of Russia.
Tickets for Bellator 74 are on sale now through Ticketmaster and the Caesars Box Office, ranging in price from $52-$165.