Former Bellator World Welterweight Champion Lyman “Cyborg” Good is not shy about his desire to avenge his only professional loss to current Bellator Welterweight Champion Ben Askren while reclaiming his spot at the top of the Bellator welterweight division. Bellator Fighting Championships confirmed today that he will have that chance in the Bellator Season 4 Welterweight Tournament. The tournament begins in March 2011 and will air live on MTV2.
Lyman Good made his Bellator debut in April 2009, carving his way to Bellator’s inaugural welterweight tournament finals with impressive stoppage victories in the quarterfinal and semifinal rounds. In Bellator’s first World Welterweight Championship fight, Good dispatched of Omar De la Cruz with brutal ground and pound, notching a first round TKO victory to become the first ever Bellator World Welterweight Champion.
“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,” said Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney. “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.”
Born in Harlem and currently residing out of Manhattan, the explosive New York native brings an impressive 10-1 professional record to the Bellator Season 4 Welterweight Tournament, with half of his victories coming via TKO or KO. Although now an established mixed martial artist, Good credits his difficult upbringing for making him the fighter he is today. Raised in Spanish Harlem, Good was surrounded by adversity growing up but turned to martial arts for a healthy outlet for his aggression.
Admittedly hungry to get back to his winning ways, Good says that his loss to Askren has served as a catalyst for change.
“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.”
Good undoubtedly has his eye on the prize, but says he is also focused on the immediate task at hand.
“Being able to fight [Ben] Askren again was one of the biggest factors behind me entering this tournament. 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,” said Good. “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.”
Good is the fifth confirmed participant in Bellator’s upcoming Season 4 eight-man 170 lbs. tournament along with Dan “The Handler” Hornbuckle, Rick Hawn, Brent Weedman, and Chris “The Assassin” Lozano.