I must admit, I have been watching the Bellator Welterweight Tournament closely this season 7. Typical of Bellator nowadays, the tournament featured a lot of new Eastern European talent with gaudy records, and it also featured a known veteran Marius Zaromskis and Bellator veteran Lyman Good. Heading into the tournament, I did not think that Good was ready to get through this field, but after another impressive performance last night, Good will likely head into the finals as the odds on favorite to take the tournament crown. His opponent will be Andrey Koreshkov, who was impressive in making short work of the veteran Zaromskis. Both men appeared unscathed, which means we will likely see the tournament final before the end of the year as part of Season 7.
On the line for the winner is a $100,000 check and a shot at Welterweight Champion Ben Askren, who Good has lost to before. But Good has done well in the tournament and may be ready for the challenge of upending Askren.
Koreshkov is young at 23, and he boasts a perfect 12-0 record. He is a long, lanky fighter who used that length to stifle Zaromskis and eventually take him out. Typical of Russian fighters, Koreshkov was aggressive throughout the fight and he applies a lot of pressure.
Good however, far outclassed Michail Tsarev, who had a daunting 24-2 record and a reputation as a submission specialist. Good got an early takedown, was never pressured by submissions and he did a lot of damage with strikes to Tsarev. Despite what may have been an unsatisfying ending to the bout (Tsarev was getting hit while complaining of an eye poke, and the ref cut the match short) it was clear that Tsarev was outclassed and that he really no longer wanted in the match.
Good is going to be able to handle the heat that Koreshkov brings in the finals. And at this time, with his solid striking, great fitness and polished ground game, Good is likely to be the more well rounded fighter. Should Koreshkov pull off what would likely be an upset, we may have a fighter from Russia who is not one dimensional as most are. Good will expose him in the finals, however.