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Lyman Good Thanks Ben Askren For Keeping His Title Warm

Lyman Good (13-2) thinks that a win over Michail Tsarev (24-2) will bring him back into the swing of the title picture. Good, the first ever Bellator welterweight champion, lost his title to Ben Askren (10-0) back in October 2011 in his first defense.

Good is currently in the semifinals of the current welterweight tournament. While Good competes, he thanked Askren for holding the belt for him.

“Askren is like the gatekeeper for the belt,” said Good said to MMA Junkie.

Good has been with Bellator since their second show and earned a 6-2 record for them. He currently is on a two fight win streak. Tsarev is on an 11 fight win streak with the last two taking place for Bellator. All of those fights have ended by round two. Since winning the championship, Askren has defended it twice. His latest win came in April of this year.

“It’s not about the revenge, it’s about regaining opportunity again,” said Good. “Askren is just the one who happens to be standing in the way.”

This Friday at Bellator 78, Good vs. Tsarev takes place and can be seen on MTV2. will air the preliminary card.