East Coast welterweight prospect Lyman Good is the latest fighter to formally sign a contract with the Bellator Fighting Championships, which has a television contract with ESPN Deportes.
FiveOuncesOfPain.com learned of the news on Friday morning following an e-mail to his manager, Michael Sachs.
In August, Five Ounces of Pain was the first to report that Good was on the verge of signing a six fight contract with EliteXC with a planned debut against Paul Daley for an event that had been scheduled to take place in Albuquerque, New Mexico. However, the Albuquerque event would go on to be canceled and Good never formally executed the contract with ProElite, meaning that he remained a free agent eligible to sign with another promotion. Good was so close to signing with EliteXC that he was scratched from a previously scheduled Sept. 12 fight in Atlantic City.
Good, 7-0 in his pro career, is a full-time instructor at several of Tiger Schulmann’s local mixed martial arts academies across the East Coast region. He began his professional MMA career competing for Lou Neglia’s Ring of Combat promotion in Atlantic City, N.J.
He earned his first notable victory against Eric Charles during ROC 14 on April 27, 2007. Charles, who was one of 32 fighters invited to Las Vegas to fight for a final spot during the seventh season of “The Ultimate Fighter,” lost via TKO as a result of a doctor’s stoppage at 4:00 of round 1.
Following the Charles fight, Good defeated Doug Gordon via unanimous decision during a Cage Fury Fighting Championship event on June 23, 2007. He then made his debut for a major national promotion taking on Mike Dolce on the undercard of the IFL’s team semifinals last August. Good defeated Dolce, an official cast member of TUF 7, via unanimous decision.
A former ROC welterweight champion, Good is expected to be involved with Bellator’s eight-man welterweight tournament that could commence as early as April.
A noted striker, he is also a veteran of Chuck Norris’ World Combat League.