Good is looking to become the first two-time champion in Bellator history (Photo courtesy of Bellator).
Former Bellator Welterweight Champion Confirmed for Season 4 Tournament
It took a 25-minute battle against Ben Askren to see former Bellator Welterweight Champion Lyman Good (10-1) relinquish his title at Bellator 33 this past October, and the Team Tiger Schulmann fighter is now focused on becoming the first two-time champion in the show’s history. The promotion officially announced this week that Good has been confirmed for its upcoming Season 4 Welterweight Tournament, adding the New York native to a robust list for the competition.
“At just 25-years-old, Lyman has the talent, potential and the heart to climb back up the Bellator welterweight ladder and recapture the title,” Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney stated. “However, he’s going to have to go through one of the most stacked welterweight tournaments in the history of the sport to do it.”
The loss to Askren was the first of his professional career for Lyman, and he would like nothing better than to avenge that defeat.
“Being able to fight Askren again was one of the biggest factors behind me entering this tournament,” Good remarked. “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. But right now, there are three bodies I'm going to have to get through before I focus on somebody that's walking around with something that belongs to me.”
Fighting in a Bellator tournament is nothing new to Good, who earned the first-ever Bellator Welterweight Championship by winning its inaugural competition in 2009 after knocking off Hector Urbina, Jorge Ortiz and Omar de la Cruz. He rolled out 10 consecutive victories to start his professional career, which he started in the Atlantic City-based Ring of Combat promotion. Of his 10 wins, he owns six stoppage victories and four decisions.
“I'm going to be unveiling ‘Lyman 2.0’ this time around,” Good said of the upcoming tournament. “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.”
The Bellator Season 4 Welterweight Tournament will kick off in March, as the promotion begins the first of a three-year partnership with MTV2.