Lyman Good (14-2) is one win away from a shot at redemption against Bellator Welterweight Champion Ben Askren (10-0).
Andrey Koreshkov (12-0) is one win away from eliminating the prospect tag and becoming one of the top welterweights on the planet.
Both fighters advanced to the finals of the Season 7 Welterweight Tournament.
Unfortunately, the semi-final match-ups at Bellator 78 will likely be best known for the questionable refereeing by officials Greg Franklin and Jerry Poe.
In the main event between Lyman Good and Michail Tsarev (24-3), Tsarev complained to referee Greg Franklin that he had been poked in the eye. Franklin responded by performing his best hokey pokie dance by stepping in and out. A confused Tsarev was then hit with a flurry of punches by Good that led to the finish in the second round.
Regardless of his judgment, it’s important for a referee to be decisive and authoritative, and Greg Franklin was neither in the Good/Tsarev. Before the finish, Good had looked impressive with a few takedowns and combinations.
In other welterweight semi-final, Andrey Koreshkov knocked Marius Zaromskis (19-7, 1 NC) with a devastating left. And then he punched Zaromskis again. And again. And then seven more times until Jerry Poe finally decided to stop the fight. The stoppage was disgustingly late as Zaromskis was clearly out after the initial left by Koreshkov. Although not nearly as bad, the stoppage resembled the Pat Curran/Joe Warren fight at Bellator 60.
Against an above average striker in Marius Zaromskis, Koreshkov’s stand-up looked spectacular. He utilized his reach early on by connecting from a distance, until he landed the finishing blow. I’m really excited for the Koreshkov/Good final. If played out on the feet, that fight has potential to be the best fight of the season.
Season Six Featherweight Tournament Winner Daniel Straus (21-4) absolutely dominated Alvin Robinson (12-7). Straus submitted the BJJ black belt with a rear-naked choke after taking him out of the fight with grinding strikes and body control from the top position. With the win against Robinson, Straus has now won seventeen of his last eighteen fights.
Dominique Steele’s (6-3) chin and heart were on full display against the heavy handed Brian Rogers (10-4). Throughout the middleweight contest, Rogers picked his shots and connected flush on the Steele’s chin with shots that would have knocked out the majority of the middleweight division. Rogers won the fight convincingly on the judge’s score-cards. More than likely Rogers will be one of the participants in the middleweight tournament on Spike.
WW Bout – Lyman Good def. Michail Tsarev via 2nd Round TKO (3:54)
WW Bout – Andrey Koreshkov def. Marius Zaromskis via 1st KO (2:14)
LW Bout – Daniel Straus def. Alvin Robinson via 2nd Sub – RNC (4:51)
MW Bout – Brian Rogers def. Dominique Steele via UD
W FLW Bout – Zoila Gurgel def. Casey Noland via UD
MW Bout – Jason Butcher def. Shaun Asher via 1st Sub – Guillotine (1:32)
MW Bout – Billy Horne def. Trey Houston via 1st Sub – RNC (3:30)
MW Bout – Mikkel Parlo def. Jared Combs via 1st KO (3:51)
LW Bout – Rob Hanna def. Rocky Edwards via SD
BW Bout- Justin McNally def. Dave Blattman via Sub – Triangle Choke (0:38)
By Daniel Galvan