Once again Bellator kicked off what should be fantastic season full of tournament action and memorable highlights, starting things on the right note tonight at Bellator 74 with the opening round of the organization’s attempt at crowning a new welterweight contender. Headlining the lineup, former champion Lyman Good locked horns with seasoned Brit Jim Wallhead in hopes of taking the first step towards avenging a 2010 loss to current title-holder Ben Askren.
The bout was not nearly as competitive as some may have felt it would be entering the affair, as Good outclassed Wallhead throughout and earned the judges’ nod in the end.
Also scheduled for the quarterfinal at Bellator 74 were bouts between Jordan Smith-Andrey Koreshkov, Michail Tsarev-Tim Welcher, and Marius Zaromskis-Nordine Taleb. Russians Koreshkov and Tsarev both advanced to the semifinal round of the tourney with impressive performances, while Zaromskis nearly knocked Taleb out in the final minute of their match-up but had to settle for the decision win instead after failing to capitalize on the moment.
Highlights from the card plus a breakdown of Bellator 74 winners/losers can be found below:
Kenny Foster def. Claudio Ledesma via Unanimous Decision
Brylan van Arstdalen def. Jay Haas via Submission Round 1 (Guillotine Choke)
Phillipe Nover def. Derrick Kennington via Technical Submission Round 2 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Alexandre Bezerra def. Matt McCook via Submission Round 1 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Michelle Ould def. Munah Holland via Unanimous Decision
Will Martinez Jr. def. Casey Johnson via Submission Round 1 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Andrey Koreshkov def. Jordan Smith via Unanimous Decision
Michail Tsarev def. Tim Welch via Submission Round 2 (Rear-Naked Choke)
Marius Zaromskis def. Nordine Taleb via Unanimous Decision
Lyman Good def. Jim Wallhead via Unanimous Decision