Uncasville, Conn. – At the climax of the first ever Bellator Fighting Championships Welterweight World title bout, the New York phenom Lyman Good grounded and pounded his way to victory, defeating the Dominican legend killer Omar De La Cruz in an aggressive demonstration of Good’s constantly evolving ground game. Lasting just over one minute, Good charged at the Tae Kwon Do Jiu Jitsu technician and did exactly what no one expected him to do, by shooting in on the BJJ Black specialist and using his electrifying ground skills to pound out the victory. Good trapped De La Cruz against the cage and delivered a barrage of strikes inside Omar’s guard until the referee stopped the fight in front of thousands of Good supporters. Good thanked his family and coaches profusely as he adorned the Bellator Welterweight Title Belt and raised the $175,000 check for his three fight effort. The Welterweight championship bout can be seen on Saturday, June 13, 2009 exclusively on ESPN Deportes and on Bellator.com on Wednesday, June 17th in English.
“This is for my family and always has been,” commented an ecstatic Good after the match. “I would also like to tell the people at Team Tiger Schulman’s (TTS) how grateful I am for everything they’ve done. Growing up without a father, my coach stepped into that role and for that I am extremely thankful for getting that direction in my life and to Bellator for giving me this opportunity.” Lyman Good, who spent the last four months living and sleeping in his training facility, said that he would keep his championship belt there to inspire his team and other TTS fighters.